National Enquirer

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Brother of Bezos Mistress Speaks Out

Michael Sanchez says affair is a 'legendary romance'

(Newser) - Yet another twist in the Bezos-Sanchez saga: Michael Sanchez, brother of Lauren Sanchez, has hinted that he leaked explicit texts between his sister and Jeff Bezos to the National Enquirer—but not explicit photos. He tells Vanity Fair that he did not supply the "d--- pics" the tabloid's... More »

AMI Lawyer Says Bezos Threat 'Wasn't a Crime'

He says Amazon CEO knows who source was

(Newser) - The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on Sunday a "reliable... More »

Bezos' Blackmail Claims Get a Response From AMI

And more on the Amazon founder's allegations of blackmail

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos was made an offer he couldn't refuse and refused it, very publicly, on Thursday, by way of a Medium blog post that outlined National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc.'s (AMI) alleged attempt to blackmail him with sexual photos. AMI responded Friday morning with a... More »

Ronan Farrow Says AMI Tried to Blackmail Him

Jeff Bezos wasn't the only one, he says

(Newser) - Hours after Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer's parent company of blackmail , Ronan Farrow said American Media Inc. had done the same thing to him and at least one other journalist. Farrow tweeted Thursday night that after breaking stories on the Enquirer's "catch and kill" arrangement with... More »

Jeff Bezos Accuses Owner of Enquirer of Extortion

He says David Pecker's American Media is threatening him over photos and texts

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos has just put up a remarkable blog post on Medium in which he accuses the publisher of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail." The Amazon CEO says that instead of giving in, he's going public with the threats—even publishing the letters sent to... More »

After Racy Texts Leak, Bezos Launches Investigation

'Strong leads point to political motives'

(Newser) - The world's richest man doesn't know how his racy text messages to Lauren Sanchez ended up in the National Enquirer —but he can afford to hire private investigators to find out. Gavin de Becker, longtime security chief for Jeff Bezos, is leading the privately funded investigation. He... More »

National Enquirer Publisher Cops to Hush-Money Payment

American Media won't be prosecuted, signs plea deal

(Newser) - The US attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the AP reports. The agreement was announced Wednesday shortly after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen... More »

New Report on Hush Payments Could Be Bad News for Trump

'WSJ' says he was directly involved at 'nearly every step' in arranging payments to women

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal is out with an investigative report on President Trump asserting that he played a direct role in arranging hush-money payments to women alleging affairs with him, despite two years of denials. Trump "was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements,"... More »

Report: Enquirer Had 20 Years of Buried Trump Stories

President tried to buy them all, says the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Last week, the AP reported that the National Enquirer kept unpublished stories about Donald Trump locked away in safe . Now the New York Times adds a coda: Trump tried to buy everything in that safe, stories going back about 20 years. The newspaper reports that Trump discussed the strategy with... More »

Ex-Doorman Can Talk About Trump's 'Illegitimate Child'

Dino Sajudin is freed from his 'catch-and-kill' contract

(Newser) - The former doorman who claimed President Trump had an illegitimate child with a housekeeper is now legally allowed to talk about it, CNN reports. AMI, the National Enquirer's parent company, has relieved Dino Sajudin from a so-called "catch-and-kill" contract that gave him $30,000 but threatened a $1... More »

Report: Enquirer Stashed Trump Stories in a Safe

They were moved before the inauguration, sources say

(Newser) - The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement tell the AP . The detail came amid reports that federal prosecutors... More »

Longtime Trump Ally Strikes Deal for Immunity

David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer parent company, cooperated in Michael Cohen case

(Newser) - In discussing Michael Cohen on Thursday, President Trump complained about people who wind up striking deals with prosecutors. Now it appears that another of his allies has done just that: Vanity Fair reports that David Pecker, who is the CEO of the parent company of the National Enquirer, was granted... More »

New Subpoena in Cohen Case Puts Focus on National Enquirer

Federal prosecutors looking into how America Media Inc. handled Playboy model's story

(Newser) - The National Enquirer paid a former Playboy model $150,000 during the 2016 campaign for the rights to her allegations that she'd had an affair with Donald Trump but then killed the story. Does that amount to an illegal campaign contribution? That's one of the questions federal prosecutors... More »

National Enquirer Editor Accused of Misconduct

The AP talks to former employees of Dylan Howard

(Newser) - An editor who specializes in the scandal of others is experiencing it from the opposite end of the spectrum. The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees' sex lives, and forced women to... More »

Report: Kushner Demanded Apology to Trump to Kill Tabloid Story

More details in Trump's alleged attempt to blackmail 'Morning Joe' hosts

(Newser) - More details about President Trump's alleged attempt to blackmail the hosts of Morning Joe are leaking out, including the reported involvement of his son-in-law. New York reports Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski found out in March the National Enquirer was planning to run a story about their affair, which... More »

Richard Simmons Sues Tabloid Over Sex Change Stories

Simmons' complaint claims the Enquirer's source blackmailed him

(Newser) - Richard Simmons has a bone to pick with the tabloids. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the fitness guru filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer, Radar Online, and American Media, Inc. after a series of stories claiming Simmons underwent a “shocking sex surgery” began appearing in June of 2016.... More »

An Incredible Story of Trump Trying to Date Salma Hayek

The actress says Trump reacted poorly when she rejected him

(Newser) - Salma Hayek claims Donald Trump once filed a malicious tabloid rumor about her after she refused to go out with him, BuzzFeed reports. Hayek—who E! Online notes has been refusing to say Trump's name since at least 2015—told the story Friday on a Spanish-language radio station in... More »

Dr. Phil Sues Enquirer: I'm Not Abusive Hypocrite

McGraw and wife Robin are suing for $250M

(Newser) - "Dr. Phil" McGraw and the National Enquirer are lining up for a courtroom brawl after the television talk show host and his wife filed a $250 million lawsuit against the tabloid and its sister publications, charging that they falsely accused him of being an abusive husband and a hypocrite... More »

Trump: Cruz's Dad Hung Out With Lee Harvey Oswald

Cruz camp says claim is 'garbage'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's latest is a wilder-than-usual attack on Ted Cruz: Trump says Cruz's father was in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald just months before Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. His comments are based on a National Enquirer story that claims a previously unidentified man photographed... More »

Cosby Lawyers Got National Enquirer to Drop 2005 Story

Instead, the tabloid ran a softer interview with him

(Newser) - The Bill Cosby mess might have gotten an airing nearly a decade ago had the National Enquirer not been swayed by the celeb's lawyers, reports the Guardian . The tabloid was all set to run an interview with accuser Beth Ferrier when Cosby's legal team got wind of it... More »

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