The National Enquirer paid Jeff Bezos' brother $ 200,000 for private text messages between the two lovers released in January, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday night.
Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos & # 39; sweetheart Lauren Sanchez, reportedly gave the intimate communication to American Media LLC, after months of speculation on how the tabloids received messages revealing lurid details of the Amazon CEO's alleged love affair.
The journal found, attributed to people who are familiar with the case, parallels the conclusion that private investigators are working for Bezos in early February. These investigators discovered that Michael Sanchez had leaked the text to the Inquirer, although they did not seem to conclude who could have paid for them.
To put Sanchez's alleged six figure payment into context, Bezos, which is worth an estimated $ 1
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a talent agent who has clear television pundits and reality show judges, refused to send the many penis self-helpers "allegedly in possession of the Enquirer. He refused to comment on whether he gave any pictures of the billionaire to the tabloid, the WSJ reports.
A spokesman for Bezos and Amazon refused to comment on the latest report, like Lauren Sanchez.
Last month, Bezos accused the author's parent company of "extortion attempts" in a scathing blog post. The tabloid said he threatened to publish "intimate pictures" of him, including a "under belt selfie", if he did not complete an investigation of the company and its alleged political ties.