The National Enquirer paid Jeff Bezos 'brother $ 200,000 for the fast-paced text messages and other dirt used in their story that lowered the billionaires' marriage, a report said.
The tabloid paid the money to Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezo's mistress Lauren Sanchez, with a pre-contract in exchange for the text messages used in an 11-page spread of their affair published in January, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Michael Sanchez, who has been a prolonged source of Enquirer, began talking to the tabloid of Bezos and his sister's relationship this fall, the report said. Sanchez and Enquirer terminated the agreement on October 26.
Enquirer's lawyer, Cameron Stracher, included a prepayment in the contract to prove that the story would not be a "catch and kill" operation similar to that carried out on behalf of President Trump during the 201
In the bombshell report, Enquirer included a number of text exchanges between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez.
"I love you, live girl. I'll show you with my body, and my lips and eyes, soon," wrote Bezos to Sanchez in an April 2018 text, according to Enquirer.
In response to the report, Bezos used his long-term security consultant, launched a survey of how the tabloid obtained personal information.
Claimed by the inquiry to the Inquirer, CEO David Pecker ordered top editor Dylan Howard to send an email to Bezos, who threatened to publish naked self-titles by Bezos if he did not finish the probe.
Bezos came clean with a post on the website titled "No thanks, Mr. Pecker", where he exposed attempts at shakedown by tabloid.
"Of course I don't. I don't want personal photos published, but I'd rather not participate in their well-known extortion practices, political favors, political attacks and corruption. I prefer to get up, roll over this log, and see what who crawls out, "wrote Bezos in the post.