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The attorney for National Enquirer publisher David **** said it was 'absolutely not extortion or blackmail' in response to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' allegations against the tabloid.
'It is absolutely not extortion or blackmail,' ****’s attorney Elkan Abramowitz said Sunday on ABC's 'This Week.'
Abramowitz - Source - Story - Bezos - Affair
Abramowitz wouldn't reveal the source of their story on Bezos' affair with Lauren Sanchez but said it was not the White House, not Saudi Arabia and not Trump confident Roger Stone.
'It was a source well known to Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,' he said.
Allegations - Story - **** - Friendship - President
He refuted allegations the story was politically motivated because of ****'s close friendship of President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly railed against Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.
'Not true,' he said of reports the story on Bezos' affair was a take down to make Trump happy.
'It - Story - National - Enquirer - Abramowitz
'It was the usual story the National Enquirer gets,' Abramowitz said.
'It's absolutely not a crime to ask somebody to simply tell that truth ... that this was not politically motivated and we will print no more stories about it,' he said.
'AMI - Libel - White - House
'AMI did not want to have the libel against them that this was inspired by the White House,' he noted.
The president has long viewed Bezos as an enemy because of his ownership of The Washington Post, a newspaper that Trump considers hostile.
Bezos - World - Man - Hunt - Source
Bezos, the world's richest man, 55, is now bankrolling a huge hunt for the source of leaked sexts that he exchanged with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, after the magazine threatened to publish nude photos of the billionaire and his lover if he did not drop an investigation into how editors learned of their affair.
He hired Gavin de Becker to investigate who leaked the messages to the National Enquirer and the motivation behind it, before posting correspondence from the magazine online.
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