National Enquirer Insists Lauren Sanchez’s Brother Has Leaked Her Affair With Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos
National Enquirer Insists Lauren Sanchez’s Brother Has Leaked Her Affair With Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos – While Slandering The Magazine
- Michael Sanchez, brother of Lauren Sanchez, sues National Enquirer for libel
- Magazine says he was the sole source of their story about her affair with Jeff Bezos
- He denies it and says he only confirmed information that the magazine already had
- Private investigator hired by Bezos to find the leak instead blamed a Saudi hack
The National Inquirer puts forward evidence that Lauren Sanchez’s brother was the sole source of their account of her affair with Jeff Bezos.
Lawyers for the magazine, which broke the story last year that led to the collapse of Bezos’ 25-year marriage, say Michael received $ 200,000 in October last year for information after a string of staff meetings.
But Michael, who sues the magazine for libel, says he was first approached by the magazine to confirm information reporters already had.
While his suit doesn’t mention where the magazine got his information from, private investigators Bezos hired to find the source were more likely to point the finger at Saudi Arabia.
Security firm FTI Consulting alleged last year that a private message from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Bezos in 2018 appeared to have spyware installed on his phone that began to steal data.
Lawyers for the National Enquirer magazine, which broke the story in 2019 that led to the collapse of Jeff Bezos’ 25-year marriage, say Michael Sanchez (pictured) got $ 200,000 for information last October after a series of meetings with staff
While it is not clear which data was taken or where it was sent, the company concluded that a significant amount of information had been hacked.
The Enquirer story appeared five months later. The magazine has vehemently denied that Saudi Arabia was the source of the information.
Seen in new newspapers by TMZ, Enquirer attorneys say Michael first contacted a reporter at the September 2018 publication with information on an important matter.
After a back-and-forth conversation with the editors, Michael agreed to meet them the following month, the magazine claims.
At that meeting, lawyers said he had revealed the content of some of the posts and photos, but declined to say who was involved.
Lauren Sanchez and Bezos attend the Amazon Prime Video celebration on January 16, 2020 in Mumbai, India. The article led to the collapse of Bezos’s marriage to Mackenzie, whom he married in 1993 before founding Amazon
In new documents that TMZ has seen, lawyers for the investigator say Michael first contacted a reporter at the September 2018 publication with information on an important matter
Scottie Nell Hughes, Michael Sanchez and John Phillips at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017. Michael met magazine bosses Dylan Howard and James Robertson in New York
Two weeks later, the concerned reporter approached her bosses and asked for $ 300,000 to buy the story after she learned it was about Bezos.
The next day, a deal was signed for $ 200,000, which, according to the magazine’s bosses, is the highest they’ve ever paid for one story.
Michael then met the bosses of magazines Dylan Howard and James Robertson in New York the following week when they claimed to have learned that the ‘other woman’ involved was Michael’s sister.
At the same meeting, they claim, Michael offered them a nude photo of Bezos sent to his sister.
Talks continued on the story, and Michael revealed in November that neither his sister nor Bezos knew he was handing over the information and reportedly told the magazine, “Neither has an idea.”
Two months later, in January 2019, the researcher finally published the story that quickly went around the world.
It caused the collapse of Bezos’ marriage to Mackenzie, whom he married in 1993 before founding Amazon, and settled for $ 38 billion in June of that year.