Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of extortion after threats to publish revealing pics

    Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    The National Enquirer has been around since 1926 and the tabloid newspaper has gotten into legal battles with thousands and thousands of high-profile people.

    Now the richest man alive is taking a stand for what he calls blackmail and extortion.

    Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and Amazon is going after AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer.

    The famous CEO says he received an email threat, stating that revealing personal photos of him were going to be published unless he stopped a Washington Post investigation on how the National Enquirer obtained private images and risque texts messages between the executive and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.

    Bezos decided to go public in a blog Thursday suggesting the publication may have written the story as a favor or at the request of President Donald Trump.

    Bezos and his wife of 25 years recently announced they were getting divorced.

    An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment but did confirm that Bezos wrote the blog.

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