The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Enquirer paid Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress Lauren Sanchez. American Media In $200,000 for Jeff Bezos nude and texts messages used in their story that destroyed the billionaire’s marriage.
The Enquirer included a number of text exchanges between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. “I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon,” Bezos wrote to Sanchez in an April 2018 text, according to the Enquirer.
In January, the National Enquirer distributed 11 pages of substance dedicated to trip a shameful, months-long undertaking between Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos married to wife MacKenzie for 25 years and Lauren Sanchez Whitesell wife of Endeavor official executive Patrick Whitesell.
Michael Sanchez, who has been a longtime source for the Enquirer, began speaking to the tabloid about Bezos and his sister’s relationship last fall, according to the report. Sanchez and the Enquirer finalized the deal on Oct. 26.
The Enquirer’s lawyer, Cameron Stracher, included an upfront payment in the contract to prove the story would not be a “catch and kill” operation similar to the ones it had carried out on behalf of President Trump during the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported.
The Wall St. Journal on Monday published a lengthy investigation in which reporters Michael Rothfeld, Joe Palazzolo and Alexandra Berzon answer that question and detail a scheme that puts Michael Sanchez front and center. The brother of Sanchez Whitesell, a Hollywood talent agent who has largely represented conservative news anchors and reality TV stars, is said to have received $200,000 from Enquirer parent company American Media, Inc.
Recall that after the tabloid leaked Bezos’s secret, the Amazon ordered an investigation, prompting the tabloid to order top editor Dylan Howard to send an email to Bezos, threatening to publish nude selfies of Bezos if he did not end the probe.
The Journal’s finding, attributed to people familiar with the matter, parallels the conclusion reached by private investigators working for Bezos as of early February. Those investigators reportedly found that Michael Sanchez had leaked the texts to the Enquirer, although they didn’t appear to conclude who might have paid for them.