JEFF Bezos slammed his girlfriend’s brother, accusing him of extortion amid a defamation lawsuit filed against the billionaire last week.
Michael Sanchez, brother to Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren, alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday that he suffered significant harm and was “scapegoated” when he was falsely accused as the one that leaked texts between the couple to the National Enquirer, exposing their affair — but the world’s richest man isn’t having it.
“Extortion rears its head again in this lawsuit, this time not only aimed at Defendants but also directly threatening speech protected under the First Amendment,” William Isaacson, the attorney for Bezos and de Becker said in their Monday motion, as reported by The Daily Beast.
“By filing this lawsuit, Mr. Sanchez hopes to put himself back on the front pages and extract money from Defendants by leveraging the current media environment to harass them,” the motion continued.
Both private investigator Gavin de Becker and the FBI investigated the National Enquirer leak, and accusations arose that Sanchez was the one to divulge intimate texts between the Amazon CEO and Lauren, exposing the affair.
Sanchez said in the lawsuit he was succumbed to an FBI raid and received backlash from friends and business associates, TMZ reported.
He is suing both Bezos and de Becker for unspecified damages — but his sister isn’t having it, either.
"Michael is my older brother. He secretly provided my most personal information to the National Enquirer -- a deep and unforgivable betrayal. My family is hurting over this new baseless and untrue lawsuit, and we truly hope my brother finds peace,” Lauren Sanchez’ lawyer, Terry Bird, said in a statement on her behalf to TMZ when the lawsuit was filed.
The complex allegations made surrounding the exposure of Bezos’ affair in the National Enquirer and the alleged hack on Bezos’ phone have led some to believe that the two may be linked.
Reports surfaced that Bezos received a corrupted text from Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salaman, hacking his phone.
In this hack, Bezos’ phone was allegedly drained — and with it, came compromising photos of the billionaire. Some of the photos were supposedly nude.
Just eight months after the alleged hack — and a day after Bezos and wife MacKenzie announced their divorce — the National Enquirer report exposing the affair with Sanchez was released.
Following the drain, Bezos shared email messages from AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer.
Emails showed threats from AMI that Bezos’ nude photos would be exposed unless de Becker said publicly that the leak didn’t happen because of “any form of electronic eavesdropping or hacking in their news-gathering process."
Claims were made after Bezos was allegedly pressured by Mohammed bin Salman to quiet coverage from The Washington Post — Bezos’ newspaper — on the 2018 killings of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Last month, the United Nations voiced concerns the prince was the one responsible for the hack on Bezos’ phone and that a “d**k pic” may have been used to try and threaten the paper into silence.
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