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Former National Enquirer editor: David Pecker "may end up making time"



A former National Enquirer editor said on Friday that he believes the publisher David Pecker "might end up making time."

"There is a very strong chance that David Pecker may end up making time," Jerry George, Enquirer's former Los Angeles Bureau Chief, said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

"It looks less and less like yellow journalism and more like organized crime," he added.

American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Inquirer faces new legal issues after Amazon's CEO. Jeff Bezos accused it of extortion and blackmail this week.

Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, said AMI threatened to release intimate images of itself unless he dropped a survey into the tabloid.

"Instead of surrendering to extortion and extortion, I have decided to publish exactly what [AMI] sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten," Bezos said in a blog post on Thursday. 1

965 9002] Bezos wrote the post for a story in the Enquirer that included text messages between him and a woman with whom he had an affair. Bezos then began an investigation of how the author received his messages.

AMI said in a statement Friday that it believes it "acted lawfully in reporting the story of Mr. Bezos."

Last year, AMI joined forces with federal prosecutors in New York after admitting to paying former playboy model Karen McDougal $ 150,000 "interacting with" President Trump Donald John TrumpWhite House begins to search after person who leaked the president's timetable: report O & # 39; Rourke to headline counter-Trump rally at the border Trump touts Kim summit: North Korea will become financial "rocket" MORE 's campaign "to prevent her from publishing information about an alleged affair with the then candidate. "

Pecker, who is the manager and CEO of AMI, is a long-standing friend of Trumps.

That the co-operation agreement may be in danger if AMI is found to have committed a crime, because it stated that AMI "shall commit no crimes whatsoever" for three years or it would be "subject to a criminal offense such as this office by a federal criminal offense have knowledge of. "

Prosecutors are investigating whether the latest allegations against AMI will create legal problems for the company, sources said on Friday. [19659015] (function (d, s, id) {
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