American Media insisted on Friday which which “acted lawfully” in reporting about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair, however said which will “promptly along with thoroughly investigate the claims.”
In a bombshell blog post Thursday, Bezos accused the National Enquirer’s publisher of threatening to post sexual pictures which the billionaire had texted to his mistress, accusing AMI of blackmail along with extortion.
AMI’s denial follows an immunity deal struck in December with federal prosecutors investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer along with fixer, Michael Cohen, requiring the supermarket tabloid publisher to commit no crimes. AMI’s board of directors has four people, including its chairman, David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
The company claimed which when Bezos accused which of blackmail, which was already “in Great faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him.”
The statement, provided by a company spokesman to SouthIndianNews.com, continued: “Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened along with determined which which should promptly along with thoroughly investigate the claims.”
Bezos wrote which “Of course I don’t want personal photos published, however I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, along with corruption.”
“I prefer to stand up, roll This specific log over, along with see what crawls out.”
AMI’s assertion which which violated no laws in its reporting matters beyond the Bezos affair. In December, the tabloid publisher struck an immunity deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the $150,000 hush-money payment the supermarket tabloid gave to a Playboy product who claims she had an affair with Trump.
which agreement requires which AMI “shall commit no crimes whatsoever.” If which turns out which Bezos’ blackmail allegations are confirmed, AMI could lose its immunity. Federal prosecutors in completely new York declined SouthIndianNews.com’s request for comment on Bezos’ accusations against AMI.
Brett Kappel, a lawyer specializing in political finance along with ethics at Akerman LLP, said AMI’s immunity deal could be at risk.
“AMI is usually looking at the very real possibility which which may be found to have breached the nonprosecution agreement along with could be prosecuted both for the crimes which were the subject of the nonprosecution agreement along with any subsequent crimes,” Kappel told SouthIndianNews.com.
“In addition, the lawyers involved will almost certainly face disciplinary proceedings by the completely new York State Bar along with could be disbarred,” Kappel added.
Read AMI’s full statement here:
“American Media believes fervently which which acted lawfully within the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, which was in Great faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened along with determined which which should promptly along with thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of which investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is usually necessary.”
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