Amazon founder accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

Amazon founder accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person and founder of Amazon, has hit out at the parent company of tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer, accusing them of "blackmail" and "extortion."

The move comes after private text messages from Bezos were published the National Enquirer which led to him hiring private investigators to discover how they were obtained.

Bezos claims the investigation hit a nerve with the Enquirer's parent company AMI. In an in-depth blog piece, Bezos describes how he believes the tabloid's motivations are political and that his legal team were told that further text messages and intimate photos of Bezos and his new girlfriend would not be published if the investigations were stopped.

The billionaire tycoon concludes the blog by saying: "Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out."

AMI did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Bezos's claims.

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