Jeff Bezos has proof that David Pecker is trying to blackmail him for shady purposes

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos snapped! A month ago – which feels like years ago – the National Enquirer was set to publish their exclusive on Jeff Bezos’ affair. Bezos was, by all appearances, a man who had been happily married to Mackenzie Bezos for 25 years. The Enquirer had spent four months and untold man hours tracking down information on Jeff Bezos’ affair with Lauren Sanchez. They had details about when their affair started, where Jeff and Lauren met up, and most importantly, they had a cache of texts and photos sent between Sanchez and Bezos. Jeff and Mackenzie ended up announcing their split before the Enquirer’s exclusive came out.

In the weeks to follow, it was said that Jeff Bezos was very curious about how the Enquirer got their hands on all of those texts and photos. One theory was that Lauren Sanchez had been incredibly indiscreet. The other theory was that Jeff and Lauren were hacked, possibly as some kind of political retribution for Donald Trump’s belief that Bezos is his enemy, especially given that Enquirer CEO David Pecker is so ride-or-die for Trump. Last week, we learned that Bezos had hired investigators to go deep into his life, Sanchez’s life and more and try to determine just how the Enquirer got their exclusive. The early reporting around the investigation was that Sanchez might have been indiscreet, but not THAT indiscreet, and there definitely seemed to be a political motive behind the Enquirer’s moves.

Last night, Jeff Bezos dropped an essay called “No Thank You, Mr. Pecker” on Medium – you should read the full thing here, because I’m just going to summarize. Bezos’ central claim is that David Pecker is very disturbed about what Bezos’ investigation might uncover, and Pecker has attempted to blackmail Bezos into dropping the investigation. Pecker’s blackmail involves nude selfies of Bezos, and other selfies and photos of Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. Pecker told Bezos – IN WRITING – that he would publish the photos unless Bezos dropped the investigation. Bezos is like “lol, no.” Bezos included the email sent by Pecker in the Medium essay

That’s just the bare bones summary though – Bezos clearly believes that the Enquirer’s investigation into his affair was politically motivated, and even more than that, he thinks he has a line on one of the motives: he owns the Washington Post, which employed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi operatives, on the say of Saudi princes. David Pecker is deeply involved with Saudi operatives too, as it turns out. Also keep in mind (as Rachel Maddow pointed out last night) that David Pecker, the Enquirer and AMI are still part of some ongoing criminal investigations with relation to the Trump-Russia mess, AND Pecker is already part of a plea deal in connection with the Michael Cohen part of the mess. This whole Bezos thing might be a glaring violation of Pecker’s plea deal: the attempted extortion of the richest man in the world for shady and nefarious political purposes. This whole thing is crazy.

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  1. Maya says:

    Trump will pardon Pecker which is why he dares to blackmail the richest man in the world.

    • Darla says:

      You may be right about that. Or, he may have just grown so arrogant because this has worked many times in the past. Probably with some of our esteemed elected officials. I guess we are going to find out.

      • Megan says:

        It’s amazing how interconnected all of these criminals really are. I am beginning to think an evil cabal runs the world.

    • Snappyfish says:

      He can’t. Pecker had, and I stress HAD, an immunity deal with southern district of NY but this will blow that out of the water. The President has no authority to pardon on a state charge.

      I hope this tanks AMI & the Enquirer while leading to a jail cell for the circus peanut. How lovely that something this absurd would be the traitors undoing

      • Mel says:

        This!! I really do hope they see this as a breach and do something about it so that they can face the consequences. Fingers crossed.

      • AngelaS says:

        The Southern District of NY is a Federal Court, so Trump could pardon any convictions that come from that district.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Angela – Pardons only work for federal crimes, its like with Michael Cohen, he cannot be pardoned for state crimes charged through the Southern District of NY.

    • holly hobby says:

      Doubt it Pecker copped a plea with Mueller so I don’t know if Orange yam would do it.

    • Megan says:

      There is nothing Trump can do if Bezos decides to sue Pecker and AMI. Bezos has the money and the power to run them into the ground if he so chooses.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Bezos showing Mr. Pecker his balls. Bold af move, and Ronan Farrow is now saying he got similar threats when doing a story.

    When these investigations tank Pecker, Trump, the Enquirer, and AMI, and Bezos gets a hefty settlement for their shenanigans, I will drink a toast.

    Odds on a Bozo Bezos Tweet from Old McDonald this morning for distraction?

    • Liz version 700 says:

      It really is bold as heck! Brilliant and bold. Trump is no doubt being kept busy by handlers, but let’s be real, anyone who bets he can make it to noon before his fingers start nonsense Tweeting is losing $$. Rick Wilson calls him Hair Furor. I think we will be hearing from Hair Furor all day.

    • B n A fan says:

      I believe Don the Con is going to stay quiet about this today. I believe Don the Con and his friend Pecker believed Bezos would want to keep this quiet, but he turned the table on them and they may be in big trouble with the SDNY. Pecker did make a deal with SDNY. Now, if it’s proven they tried to blackmail Bezos they are in big trouble. This is a big deal imo.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Yep. Bezos turned his embarrassment into a lethal weapon and I am enjoying it so much.

      • Kitten says:

        They’re going to claim that it was just a negotiation and not blackmail–just watch.
        I bet they walk away unscathed. Hope I’m wrong though.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Kitten- sure enough, they are claiming “good faith negotiations” Cause everyone negotiates with di*k pics, right?

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Renato Mariotti laid out on Twitter some reasons why a criminal extortion case would be hard to make. I think the more interesting question is whether there’s a potential campaign finance violation here, like with the catch-and-kill in 2016 on the stories about 45′s affairs. AMI is trying to influence media coverage about topics that may have the potential to affect 45′s re-electability, and his re-election campaign is already up and running , making in-kind campaign contributions possible. I think AMI is trying to avoid SDNY coming down on them like a ton of bricks while still continuing with their dirty tricks (old lucrative habits are hard to break), but I doubt the extortion angle is what they’re most concerned about.

      • maisie says:

        Sort of paraphrasing John Steinbeck: Tr**p & his operatives made a big mistake here. They think when you know only the “bad” side of men, you can wield it to damage them every time. But some people know quite well that they’re fallible, they’re brave enough to own up to it, and don’t care if anyone knows. This renders whatever someone has on them completely useless. Of course, it’s easy for Bezos to spit in Tr**p’s eye – he can buy and sell him about a million times over – but more importantly, Tr**p has made a really powerful enemy, one even Tr**p’s boss Putin can’t forstall (ie Bezos can also buy and sell Putin about a million times over).

  3. lassie says:

    The fact that the emails exist is a classic Trumpian move. Do the thing as ineptly as possible. And then gaslight, gaslight gaslight when it blows up in your face.

  4. Maddie23 says:

    Good for him for refusing to be blackmailed. I hope this stops what the Enquirer is trying to do.

  5. QueenB says:

    Pecker and Wiener and Dick Picks. The writers for the last seasons of “Reality” really need to step up their game.

    • Erinn says:

      They’re really making it too easy. You’d think with names like that you’d do your best to avoid taking or focusing on the pictures hahaha.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      And the content chief dubbed himself Dildo. Make it stop!

    • Christina says:

      The end of the Bezos marriage is as old as time. Marriages change and end. I hate the way it happened, and Bezos and his GF dissapoint me, but Bezos has earned my respect with this.

      He might be the richest man in the world, but that wealth is wrapped up in a company that employs a lot of people and that keeps an important American institution, the Washington Post, in operation during a critical period of American history. I deeply admire what he’s done by revealing this. He is a hero.

      • maisie says:

        It’s also highly ironic that Tr**p’s operatives are using infidelity, adultery and nude selfies to try to blackmail Bezos on behalf of the adulterous, unfaithful, thrice-married Tr**p, who used and paid off porn stars during his marriages and unwittingly supplied Putin with any number of “compromising” photos and videos (pee tape, anyone?) which got us into the horror of this disgusting regime in the first place. Pot, kettle, karma.

    • Kitten says:

      I believe the politically-correct term is “below-the-belt selfie”.

  6. Snazzy says:

    Besos is everything Trump wishes he was….

  7. RBC says:

    It may end up that it is not Russia involvement that takes down 45 but this scandal between Bezos and the National Enquirer. This will get interesting and bears watching.
    As for David Pecker, he might want to watch his back. A man like Jeff Bezos doesn’t become the wealthiest man in the world by being nice.

    • Darla says:

      I think there is a Saudi involvement here, and this is going to grow huge. It may take out trump, I don’t know, but this story is explosive and there is a lot more to it.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Saudi involvement would be very significant. And that takedown would be deserved after what they did to Khashoggi. #RIP #Neverforget

      • RBC says:

        I agree with you. Plus with Bezos wealth and influence( also hatred of 45) he is not going to let this go away

      • outoftheshadows says:

        It would be really, really nice if the Saudi influence on the U.S. went away, finally. Anyone else remember suffering through “Bandar Bush”?

      • Kitten says:

        Right, Darla.
        Because there is still a question of who exactly obtained the text messages and emails. I hadn’t heard about Saudi Arabi (wouldn’t surprise me) but there is a viable theory that a foreign government’s intelligence agency (Mossad or maybe MI6) was behind it.

      • Christin says:

        I caught a reference last night to AMI pursuing financing from SA. The assumption being that the media company needs money and may have been doing their bidding.

        Jeff has the money to truly hire the best people, and it sounds like he has the goods to make these serious claims.

    • Maylee says:

      I agree! I thought the same thing when we first heard about the Stormy and Karen payoffs. Corruption and money laundering and conspiracy and treason, involving Saudi and Russian governments, revealed by affairs and d** pics. I mean my god, it’s real.

      I imagine reading news stories in 30 years. It will be shocking. What we are witnessing right now, I think a lot of people don’t realize how insane this all is. Our kids will read about it and ask how we lived through it.

    • Layla Beans says:

      This story is gonna get crazy with the Saudi connection. My question is, given that Lauren Sanchez’s sleazy Trump/Stone connected brother is involved, is she also? Was this a honeypot deal?

      • Darla says:

        Right? Layla I would love to know that too.

      • Layla Beans says:

        It just seems odd that she, married to Patrick Whitesell with a Trump/Stone bro, would suddenly go after a married Bezos, sworn enemy of Trump and then by some massive coinkydink, have her texts to brother leaked to the Enquirer. It doesn’t add up.

  8. MCV says:

    Really stupid to blackmail the richest man in the world. I was SHOOK when I read his eassy.

    • B n A fan says:

      You know Don the Con hates Bezos because he’s a real billionaire and he’s a pretend one so he got his friend Picker to go hard on him but it backfires, lol.

  9. Mia4s says:

    He….tried…to blackmail someone with a worth over $100 BILLION? Hahahahaha!!! I’m no fan of Bezos, but I hope he absolutely slaughters the whole lot of them. No survivors. And take President Cheeto with them. Good lord, criminals really have taken over the White House.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, right? The criminal behavior is just never ending. The Trumps and their associates don’t have a fraction of an ounce of integrity between them all. It just kills me that anyone, anyone would support this corrupt, imbecilic POTUS.

    • Kitten says:

      Man, how can these people be so consistently bad at conning and thieving? SMDH

      Trump conducts his presidency like a f*cking mob boss except he lacks the prudence, discretion, and effectiveness of Gotti. He’s like the dumbest, most reckless mob boss you could imagine.

      • Debby says:

        @ Kitten And yet he has never spent one minute in jail and even ended up in the White House. Talk about failing upwards… I think all of this says as much about Cheeto Mussolini as it does about the general public. He didn’t get to where he is today alone.

  10. Becks1 says:

    This whole thing is crazy. At first I thought that Bezos was being blackmailed over the affair itself (like Pecker was saying “I’ll leak the story of your affair if you dont do what I want” ) so I was a bit confused over why Bezos was just releasing the story of the blackmail now. Then I got what was happening.

    Anyway – crazy. Just a total nutso story. And Ronan Farrow as well. Obviously Bezos is the richest man in the world, but its not like Farrow is without connections or clout.

    I would love for this to be what brings down the whole circus. Blackmailing Bezos.

  11. PhillyGal says:

    The corruptness of Trump and company is unending.

    • Tw says:

      That’s my thought, too. Even as these mofos are in plea deals (Manafort, Pecker) they continue to commit felonies.. It’s amazing.

  12. Eve says:

    “(…) nude selfies of Bezos.”

    No. Please, no.

  13. Nanea says:

    This story seems to have many facets: Michael Sanchez, Lauren’s brother, is a Trumpist, has business ties to David Pecker, Roger Stone, and Carter Page, and is friends with Pecker and Stone, according to MSNBC and Business Insider.

    Then there’s the Saudi angle, Khashoggi worked for the Washington Post and Pecker knows Mohammed Bin Salman…, and then there’s the Trumpelstiltskin’s hatred of all things Washington Post, people being richer than him…

  14. Mia4s says:

    Just to add to how evil these people are: Terry Crews has also confirmed that AMI people threatened him with a false story to be put on Radar Online (NEVER click on radar online).

    Oh and AMI’s chief content officer? One Dylan Howard, former media fixer of a name you might know…. Harvey Weinstein.

    Slaughter them Bezos. Destroy them. Oh and I would hope the FBI are reading carefully.

  15. Sayrah says:

    Bezos was obviously having an affair wedding ring and all in those dick pics but this is really the best thing he could have done.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      These pics also further fuel that the plastic downgrade he was cheating with setup him up – her husbands brother has business links to Pecker. This is beginning to look like honey trap!

  16. Eric says:

    AMI was told, as part of their plea deal agreement by the SDNY, not to commit crimes for three years….

    Well, it took less than six months and the implication is that Emperor Zero had Saudi Arabia, who recently spent a shitload of cash to buy from Israel the Pegasus hacking malware, do the dirty work for him. Note that Pegasus can hack any iPhone and download all contents, including emails, texts, and photos…hello Mr Bezos.

    Just a final nail in this coffin is that none other than Jared Kushner is flying to Saudi Arabia TODAY. Have a payment to drop off?

    • OCE says:

      I love you Eric. That is all.

      • Eric says:

        Oce

        Thanks…*blushing*

        I wonder if this is the same malware that EZ uses to corrupt the GOP like Senators Graham and McConnell into doing his bidding?

        Not impossible, amirite?

      • K-Peace says:

        Ditto.
        I look forward to your posts, Eric. They actually brighten my day!

    • Kitten says:

      Damn. I did not know that about Kushner. Shady mofos.

    • Jerusha says:

      He might be working out living arrangements for when they flee under the cover of darkness. Gotta have some gold plated tackiness waiting for them.

    • Felicia says:

      Just a thought… I’ll bet it can’t hack a Huawei and nothing else in their arsenal can either. Food for thought as to the real motives behind that particular corner of the trade war.

    • Justwastingtime says:

      Eric think you mean the Jared is picking up (not dropping off) a payment? ; ) All that whatsapping with his bestie, MBS, isn’t likely about Mideast policy, its probably about lining his pockets.

    • jwoolman says:

      I wonder what they would make of all my photos and videos of cats and the front gate before I let the cats out (I can tell from inside the house whether the gate is latched properly or not from an expandable photo, catproof fencing).

      There is one photo of the older cat menacing an innocent teenage cat on the other side of the fence which could be incriminating for the cat, not me. She harasses dogs also from the safety of inside the fenced yard.

  17. adastraperaspera says:

    The most interesting thing about Jeff’s essay to me, is how he is also speaking to other people who are being threatened by Pecker/AMI (he most likely found evidence of similar situations through his investigation). He’s pretty much saying that the ones who can afford to fight back should start doing so, and he’s showing how it can be done. As for Trump–his dreams of a wall will come true soon, and it will be around him.

  18. Diana says:

    Why is Trump always in the middle of everything horrible? Can’t even enjoy this scandalous gossip without Trump inserting his fat as$ into it. What is the world right now?

  19. Goldengirlslover34 says:

    Omg that essay is everything!

    1. Trump won’t understand half the words in that essay.

    2. So AMI was dumb enough to blackmail Bezos via an EMAIL!!!!! Written confirmation of your fuckery!!! WTF!!! The stupidness 🤦🏾‍♀️

    3. I can’t wait for this to become a NETFLIX documentary.

  20. Liz version 700 says:

    And… we’re off. It is 9 am and he has started with his first Tweet about media hoaxes.

  21. KBeth says:

    Well that escalated quickly.
    Not a Bezo’s fan but, damn….

  22. Insomniac says:

    Hooooooly shit. Moral to this story: Never, ever try to blackmail a dude who’s too rich to care if anyone sees his dingaling.

    And I almost fell out of my chair when I saw Bezos has Gavin de Becker working for him. I think his book “The Gift of Fear” might have saved my life back in the 90s.

    • Christina says:

      Yup. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker is a book that’s saved a lot of people’s lives, especially women in abuso e relationships. He’s another hero.

  23. Marjorie says:

    Giod on Bezos.

    I’m hoping this is Mueller Friday as well.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Oh, to have this become indictment Friday would be glorious. Perhaps that’s why Jared is off to Saudi Arabia? I hear the Ritz Carlton Riyadh is pretty nice…

  24. Who ARE These People? says:

    So Trump tweeted about “Jeff Bozo” with some mildly threatening innuendo on Jan. 19th (if I got the date right) and these Emails were sent just under 3 weeks later. Had he launched the scheme with Pecker/AMI to go after Bezos by mid-January? How exactly is he spending his Executive Time?

  25. Kk2 says:

    I think Bezos should send a “below the belt selfie” to Trump today. And not just metaphorically.

  26. Sojaschnitzel says:

    @Kaiser can we please call it “work hours” instead of “man hours”? For me it’s a horrible reminder of when women were not really part of the work force, and that doesn’t fit the spirit of this lovely website. Thank you :)

  27. BeanieBean says:

    Oh, that article was a thing of beauty! This is how you handle blackmail!

  28. Summer says:

    Amazing, I’m rooting for Bezos. No matter what, not one deserves this kind of access and usage to personal photos without consent. That is a crime. Trump really operates like a thug.

  29. Fluffy Princess says:

    Is this story not perfect for Celebitchy? I mean we got a whole lotta juicy JUICY gossip, yet it’s tied in with a wee bit of politics. DELICIOUS!!!

    And @Eric’s post!!! Pegasus Malware, Jared off to Saudi Arabia…WHOO DOGGIE, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

    And to me there is NO DOUBT that EZ was in on this the whole time. He has be so jealous of Bezos and Bezos literally being the richest man in the world.

    Is there any way that THIS can take EZ out before Mueller drops the hammer??

    • Liz version 700 says:

      This story is so perfect for Celebitchy! It has it all and now the Feds are investigating a breech if AMI’s plea agreement which should be very interesting. I would also like to know if those lawyers end up with bar complaints. I am a member of three state bars and I gotta say I am pretty sure this would get me a certified letter but I do not practice in NY. I gotta think they are busy with Cohen and Ghoulianni as well

      • Fluffy Princess says:

        Between Cohen and Ghouliani, NY State Bar has got to be busy!

        Like, “AMI did what? Alright, just throw it on that giant pile over there of the Cohen stuff. . .”

        They should all lose their ability to “practice law” — these guys are crooks of the highest order!

  30. jammypants says:

    I guess not all billionaires are hate-worthy. They’re all flawed but I loved reading this. Yesterday Elon Musk released all of Tesla’s patents. That’s a big deal.

  31. Digital Unicorn says:

    Oooh this is gonna be good – not a fan of Bezos but he has shown he will not be bullied, particularly by stupid blackmailers to put their demands in AN EMAIL!!!! Bezos has the means, motive and fire to take Lil Pecker and Toadstool on. I hope he burns them all.

    Bezos’ new ad tag line should be: Amazon delivered, under a pic of the Orange Man Baby and Pecker.

  32. Parigo says:

    We really don’t need to see Bezos’ dick, since I’m sure I’m not the only one who imagines that it looks exactly like his real head.

    But seriously, BRILL move by Bezos. Get ahead of those pics by exposing them described in detail via email. Even if they did come out, they’d have no power over him now.

    This story is soooo crazy. I can’t wait to see who plays Bezos in the movie in a couple of years. I’m voting for a bald Timothee Chalamet. Oscar gold.

    • PhillyGal says:

      Parigo – Your comment made me laugh so hard, my iced tea came out my nose! (Ouch.)

    • Juls says:

      No way they release the pics now. Using the pics as blackmail has been established. Therefore, the release of said pics would constitute “revenge porn” and would be another, separate offense that could be prosecuted.

  33. Layla Beans says:

    The CBC is now reporting that Lauren’s brother is her “manager”. OH JEEZ. This has got to be a honey trap.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      This totally makes sense since her brother is closely connected to EZ and his band of stoopid criminal friends. (Roger Stone and Carter Page)

    • maddie says:

      honeytrapping and blackmailing? sounds like the kushner special.

    • jwoolman says:

      Or her brother had access to her phone and Bezos’ phone while they were visiting or he was visiting. He certainly knew about their relationship. He could either have downloaded material himself or set things up to make it more accessible for hackers.

  34. Sammie says:

    Bezo’s didn’t make it where he is now being without a backbone and not giving a crap lol. The fact they tried to extort him and he didn’t care is true to his character & business sense. I was reading a book once where a lot of shady things go on in the business world(corporate kidnappings and blackmail etc.) and he just blew the lid on something was supposed to be behind the scenes. But he’s pissed and he has more than enough money to say heck with it and call them out. I kinda like that because people like tr**p and enquirer have been doing this for far to long.

  35. Bella Bella says:

    Well, as the lone voice on the last post about this who thought it was a setup and related to Trump, I’m going to give myself a hand.

    But something else I read last night, which I found highly amusing, is that the National Enquirer and AMI use the Amazon web platform to host their website!! LOLOL

  36. JRenee says:

    He has the resources and I hope he gets the answers. Gross invasion of privacy. Hopefully he’ll find his mole, leak etc.

  37. A Fan says:

    Oh my goodness, this is juicy and intriguing.

    Even though having lots of money makes it easier to have major balls, I give this guy credit.

    [*Feels like the tentacles are far-reaching in this story.*]

  38. Veronica S. says:

    God, a story where Bezos gets to play the victim? Could Trump nation feed me any bigger of a sh*t sandwich these days?

  39. liriel says:

    actually THIS story I like. not your typical cliche cheated on his wife story!
    house of cards, tables turning!