The brother of Lauren Sanchez, the previous Los Angeles information anchor who has a romantic relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, reportedly leaked the couple’s embarrassing texts and photographs to the Nationwide Enquirer.
A number of individuals inside American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s dad or mum firm, mentioned Michael Sanchez was the supply of the texts, The Daily Beast reported. One other one who has “been in intensive communication” with AMI execs additionally confirmed that Sanchez had provided the texts to the Enquirer, the information web site reported.
American Media Inc. declined remark to The Every day Beast on the story. Michael Sanchez declined to reply when “requested straight greater than a half-dozen instances whether or not or not he provided the texts,” the positioning mentioned.
Michael Sanchez, who has denied leaking the texts, on Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” Sunday criticized the technique of Gavin de Becker, the safety knowledgeable Bezos has employed to analyze how the Enquirer bought maintain of his textual content messages.
“Every little thing that Gavin has suggested Jeff to do has solely amplified the magnitude of the scandal,” Sanchez instructed host Howard Kurtz.
The battle between Bezos and the Nationwide Enquirer started after the Enquirer’s publication last month of racy text messages shared between the Amazon CEO and Sanchez. That got here simply days after Bezos posted a note on Twitter that he and MacKenzie Bezos, his spouse of 25 years, have been divorcing.
In a post published Thursday on Medium, Bezos alleged the Enquirer and AMI threatened to put up embarrassing photographs if Bezos didn’t publicly state that the publication’s protection of their relationship was not politically motivated. AMI CEO David Pecker has supported President Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Bezos, proprietor of The Washington Submit.
Pecker and AMI reached a non-prosecution agreement in December with him admitting to federal prosecutors he paid an unnamed former Playboy mannequin $150,000 to suppress her story about an alleged affair with Trump in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign.
In his Medium put up, Bezos additionally accused Pecker and AMI of getting ties to the Saudi Arabian authorities, doubtlessly by way of a pro-Saudi publication launched in 2018.
The investigation performed for Bezos is over and the outcomes will likely be turned over to regulation enforcement, de Becker instructed the Every day Beast Sunday. He wouldn’t say who he recognized because the supply of the leaks.
A spokesperson for de Becker mentioned the investigator was touring and unable to reply for remark. Amazon and Michael Sanchez had not responded to request for remark.
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