The National Enquirer’s parent company said Friday that it will investigate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ claims that the tabloid tried to extort and blackmail him by threatening to publish embarrassing photos of himself and his girlfriend.
“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” the company said in a statement, adding that it believed they were involved in “good faith negotiations.” AMI said that the company’s board will “take whatever appropriate action is necessary” based on the outcome of the investigation. The tabloid and its owner, David Pecker, have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for their close ties to President Donald Trump as well as broader allegations that they acted on the president’s behalf against his perceived enemies.
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