The brother of Lauren Sanchez is admitting that he worked with American Media on its story about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ affair with his sister while also claiming the billionaire is not being truthful about his divorce.
In an interview with the Fox News show
He did this, according to Michael, by telling Bezos to get out ahead of the story and announce that he an his wife MacKenzie were separating after 26 years of marriage.
Michael said that the statement Bezos released about his ‘long period of loving exploration and trial separation’ was ‘misleading,’ but did not elaborate on that claim.
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Billions: Michael Sanchez said that Jeff Bezos posted a ‘misleading’ tweet about his split from wife MacKenzie (above in February 2017) in an interview over the weekend
Confess: He also admitted that he worked with The National Enquirer before the tabloid broke the story about Bezos’ affair with his sister Lauren Sanchez (Michael and Lauren with their mother at Amazon headquarters in June)
This is the tweet Michael Sanchez called ‘misleading’ over the weekend. He did not specify how
Michael said that Bezos is a ‘brilliant man who doesn’t bow down to bullies,’ but in this case Gavin de Becker has ‘a strange puppetmaster control control over Jeff.’
He also called de Becker a ‘very powerful bully,’ and blamed him for details of his sister’s affair being made public.
‘Everything Gavin has gotten Jeff to do has only magnified the amplitude of the scandal,’ said Michael.
He went on to state that it is a ‘disgrace that filthy rich and uber powerful men are using the media to take shots at one another.’
De Becker dismissed that criticism, stating that photographers had been tipped off and that hiding his clients from photographers s not part of his job.
This interview occurred just before it was revealed that de Becker’s investigation had concluded that Michael was behind the leaked texts.
Michael has denied that claim, which was first reported by The Daily Beast.
A lawyer for AMI meanwhile described the source on Sunday by stating: ‘The story was given to The National Enquirer by a reliable source that had been giving information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez.’
His sister is actually the second person close to Michael whose texts have shown up in The National Enquirer recently, with the tabloid also running racy exchanges between Fox Business Network host Charles Payne and Scottie Nell Hughes.
American Media defended the emails sent by the National Enquirer’s Chief Content Officer and the firm’s legal team threatening to publish nude photos of Bezos and Sanchez if he did not drop an investigation into how editors learned of the billionaire’s affair.
‘American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him,’ the company said in a statement released on Friday.
‘Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.’
Cheers: His sister is actually the second person close to Michael whose texts have shown up in The National Enquirer, with Scotty Neal Hughes (above) suffering a similar leak
The American Media board is comprised of four individuals, including: owner David Pecker; Evan Ratner, a partner at Chatham Asset Management; Barry Schwartz, also a partner at at Chatham Asset Management; and David R. Hughes, the former executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.
Chatham Asset Management has an 80 percent stake in American Media according to
Meanwhile, it was revealed on Friday that federal prosecutors were reviewing the emails sent by AMI to Bezos in order to determine if the company violated its immunity deal by blackmailing Bezos.
Bezos meanwhile said that he believed Saudia Arabia played a role in AMI’s decision last week.
‘Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is “apoplectic” about our investigation. For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve,’ wrote Bezos in a post on Thursday.
‘A few days after hearing about Mr. Pecker’s apoplexy, we were approached, verbally at first, with an offer. They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.’
When asked if there was any Saudi involvement in the leaking of Bezos’ texts on Friday, the Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir said ‘I doubt it,’ and then a short while later said ‘no.’