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Grand jury probing Jeff Bezos' blackmail allegations

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>> IT WAS WITHOUT QUESTION THE
BIGGEST TABLOID SCANDAL IN
YEARS, JEFF BEZOS HAVING AFFAIR
THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY COST HALF
OF HIS FORTUNE AND HOW THE
NATIONAL INQUIRER BROKE THE
STORY REMAINS UNDER
INVESTIGATION, HERE IS MY
REPORT.
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE
ESCALATING PROBE INTO TWO
SERIOUSALSES STEMMING FROM THE
NATIONAL INQUIRER DISCLOSURE OF
AFFAIR BETWEEN AMAZON FOUNDER
JEFF BEZOS AND LOS ANGELES TV
PERSONALITY LAUREN SA
PERSONALITY LAUREN SÁNCHEZ, ONE,
CHARGE BY BEZOS THAT PARENT
COMPANY AMERICAN MEDIA INC TRY
TODAY BLACKMAIL TO DROP INQUIRY
ON HOW THEY OBTAINED INTIMATE
TEXTS WHICH THE COMPANY HAS
STRONGLY DENIED, BEZOS' BELIEF
THAT THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT
OBTAINED PHOTOS AND TEXTS BY
ILLEGALLY GETTING ACCESS TO HIS
PHONE, CLAIM THAT AMI HAS CALLED
FALSE AND HAS ALSO BEEN DENIED
BY THE SAUDI REGIME.
IN FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW I
SPOKE TO MICHAEL SA
SPOKE TO MICHAEL SÁNCHEZ, LAUREN
SA
SÁNCHEZ'S MANAGER AND TALENT
MANAGER DENIED BEING PAID
$200,000 IN LEAK TO INQUIRER.
>> MICHAEL, I HAVE CREDIBLE
REPORTING THAT THE SOUTHERN
DISTRICT OF NEW YORK HAS
CONVENED GRAND JURY TAKEN
TESTIMONY IN JEFF BEZOS'S
CHARGED THAT HE WAS BLACKMAILED
BY AMERICAN MEDIA AND HACKING BY
THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT, WHAT CAN
YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROBE AND
HAVE YOU TESTIFIED IN THE
INVESTIGATION?
>> I WILL COOPERATE WITH ANY OF
THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE
BLACKMAIL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST
AMI AND HACKING ALLEGATIONS
AGAINST THE SAUDIS AND ONE POINT
THAT I WANT TO MAKE IS THAT ALL
OF THE INVESTIGATIONS THUS FAR
HAVE CLEARED ME OF ANY
INVOLVEMENT IN THE BELOW THE
BELT SELFIES WHICH IS THE CENTER
PIECE OF ALL OF THE
INVESTIGATIONS.
>> I'VE SEEN MATERIAL INDICATING
THAT SA
THAT SÁNCHEZ HAS IN FACT,
TESTIFIED BEFORE THE GRAND JURY,
I PRESSED HIM ABOUT HIS MUCH
DEBATED ROLE IN THE LEAK TO THE
NATIONAL ENQUIRER.
>> MICHAEL, DID YOU STRIKE SOME
KIND OF SECRET DEAL WITH
AMERICAN MEDIA INC TO SELL
PHOTOS OF JEFF BEZOS AND LAUREN
SA
SÁNCHEZ?
>> HOWIE, I NEVER SOLD PHOTO TO
NATIONAL ENQUIRER OR ANY
PUBLICATION.
LET'S CUT TO THE CHASE,
EVERYTHING THAT I DID WAS TO
PROTECT JEFF AND LAUREN'S LOVE
AFFAIR, ANYONE WHO THINKS MONEY
IS A MOTIVE IS AN IDIOT.
>> YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU MADE A
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, DEVIL BEING
INQUIRER, YOU'VE BEEN CAGEY OF
WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS KNOW
CONTRACT OR WHETHER YOU ACCEPTED
MONEY FROM THE NATIONAL
INQUIRER, DID YOU OR NOT?
>> WELL, LIKE I SAID, SINCE CNN
REPORTED THAT THERE ARE FEDERAL
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE
BLACKMAIL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST
AMI AND HACKING AGAINST THE
SAUDIS, WHAT I CAN SAY IS VERY
LIMITED, IN GENERAL ALL MAKE
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL.
>> BACK IN MARCH, MICHAEL
SA
SÁNCHEZ SOLD THE BILLIONAIRE
SECRETS FOR $200,000 COST
NATIONAL ENQUIRER, YOUR
RESPONSE?
>> THE WALL STREET JOURNAL GOT
IT WRONG.
>> BEZOS PLAN TO MEET WITH
PROSECUTORS AND AMAZON SPOKESMAN
DECLINED TO COMMENT.
I CAN ALSO REPORT THAT THE TOP
AMERICAN MEDIA EXECUTIVES OWNER
DAVID PECKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S
PAL HAVE NOT BEEN CALL TODAY
TESTIFY, PROSECUTORS OBTAINED
EVIDENCE FROM THE COMPANY THAT
EXECUTIVES BELIEVE SHOWS THEY
WERE NOT EXTORTING BEZOS BUT
SETTLING WITH HIS TEAM, MICHAEL
SA
SÁNCHEZ HAD RATHER LOW
EXPECTATIONS WHEN HE FIRST MET
THE WORLD'S RICHEST MAN.
>> WELL, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST
I DIDN'T WANT TO LIKE HIM
BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE MADE ALL
OF OUR LIVES MUCH SIMPLER BUT
WHEN I MET HIM HE WAS CHARMING,
BRILLIANT, LOVED FLYING AND
EVERY ONE IN OUR FAMILY IS
PILOTS SO WE HAD A LOT TO TALK
ABOUT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HE
WAS -- HE WAS DEEPLY IN LOVE
WITH LAUREN.
>> SA
>> SÁNCHEZ TOLD ME BEZOS ASKED
FOR HIS HELP.
>> ABSOLUTELY, HE SAID THAT HE
DIDN'T THINK THE AMAZON PR TEAM
WAS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THIS KIND
OF STORY.
>> WOULD JEFF AND LAUREN STILL
MARRIED TO SPOUSES, MICHAEL
SA
SÁNCHEZ SAID HE ADVISED THEM TO
LAY LOW BUT AS WITH LAUREN
SA
SÁNCHEZ NEAR BEZOS WHEN THE
COMPANY LAUNCHED ROCKET, THE
COUPLE DIDN'T ALWAYS TAKE HIS
ADVICE.
>> I WAS DEFINITELY ANNOYED
BECAUSE THE RISK THAT THEY WERE
TAKING MADE EVERYTHING MUCH MORE
DIFFICULT IN TERMS OF KEEPING
THINGS CONTAINED.
>> DID IT LEAD TO ANY EXPOSURE
OR TO ANY TAB LID INQUIRY?
>> YES, MULTIPLE TABLOIDS WERE
ONTO THE STORY AND SO THE PLAN
WAS IF THEY HAD CREDIBLE
INFORMATION WE WOULD OFFER THEM
THE EXCLUSIVE IN TERMS OF THE
SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL AND THE
DOCUMENTARY TO KIND OF GET THEM
OFF OF THE TRACK.
>> THAT WAS THE SUPER BOWL AD
FEATURING ANOTHER BEZOS
PROPERTY, THE WASHINGTON POST.
SA
SÁNCHEZ SAYS HE GOT THE INQUIRER
TO DELAY THE EXPOSE FOR MONTHS
BY HARMLESS PHOTO OF SISTER THAT
RAN IN US WEEKLY, THE COMPANY
SAID IT PUBLISHED WHEN THE STORY
WAS READY.
BEZOS SAID THAT THE POST
AGGRESSIVE REPORTING ON THE
SAUDI GOVERNMENT'S INVOLVEMENT
IN THE BRUTAL MURDER OF POST
CONTRIBUTOR JAMAL KHASHOGGI MAY
HAVE LED THE COUNTRY TO HACK HIS
PHONE, AMI PUBLISHED A MAGAZINE
FILLED WITH PROSAUDI PROPAGANDA,
THE SAUDIS SAY THEY WERE UNFAIR
OF.
TWUN INQUIRER STORY HIT SA
TWUN INQUIRER STORY HIT SÁNCHEZ
SUGGESTED A NEW PLAN.
>> IN TERMS OF FIRST PUBLIC AREA
THEY WOULD GO OUT FOR BURGERS
WEARING JEANS AND BASEBALL CAPS
AND MAKE IT VERY LOW KEY AND
SHOW THE WORLD THAT THEY'RE
HAPPY TOGETHER.
>> PEOPLE MAGAZINE WAS TIPPED
OFF FOR A PHOTO OF THE NEW YORK
OUTING BUT THE COUPLE LAST MONTH
MADE AN EXTREMELY PUBLIC
APPEARANCE, 3 ROWS BEHIND THE
ROYALS IN WIMBLEDON.
THE NEW YORK POST REPORTER THAT
BEZOS MET LAUREN'S PARENTS,
MOTHER WAS ON VACATION AND
DIDN'T MAKE THE REPORTED
RENDEZVOUS.
>> THROUGH THE HIGHEST OF HIGHS
AND LOWEST OF LOWS I'VE ALWAYS
BEEN THERE TO DO WHAT SHE NEEDS

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