A new Wall Street Journal investigation has revealed that the National Enquirer paid a whopping $200,000 to obtain the texts and nude selfies Jezz Bezos sent to Lauren Sanchez.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Enquirer paid Sanchez’s brother Michael the amount for the racy text messages and other dirt used in their story that destroyed the billionaire’s marriage.
Michael reportedly has been a longtime source for the Enquirer, and began speaking to the tabloid about Bezos and his sister’s relationship last fall, before signing an agreement in October and gave them the bullet that ruined his sister’s reputation and crashed Bezos’ marriage.
The Enquirer’s lawyer, Cameron Stracher, included an upfront payment in the contract to prove the story would not be a “catch and kill” operation similar to the ones it had carried out on behalf of President Trump during the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported.
Recall that after the tabloid leaked Bezos’s secret, the Amazon ordered an investigation, prompting the tabloid order top editor Dylan Howard to send an email to Bezos, threatening to publish nude selfies of Bezos if he did not end the probe.
Bezos came clean with a post on the site Medium titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” in which he exposed the attempted shakedown by the tabloid.
“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,” Bezos wrote in the post.