American Media has said that it will “thoroughly investigate” the claims by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, after he released a statement saying that the National Enquirer, the company’s tabloid, had blackmailed him.
In a statement that was released last Friday, American Media responded to the claims of Bezos and said that it had acted lawfully.
In a statement, the company state: “American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos.”
The company said that it had negotiated in “good faith to resolve all matters with him.”
It added: “In light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”
In a statement that was published on Medium last Thursday, Bezos had claimed that the tabloid had threatened to publish intimate photos and messages between him and Lauren Sanchez, the woman he has been dating, unless he called off an investigation into how the paper got hold of the messages.
Last month, the National Enquirer published a series of stories that revealed the relationship of the Bezos with Sanchez after he announced that he was divorcing MacKenzie Bezos, his wife, after 25 years of marriage.
Bezos has hired some investigators to learn how the outlet got hold of the messages and intimate photos.
He stated: “Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”
He added: “Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”