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 statement picked up by CNN, saying it "believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good 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 and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims." CNN notes AMI CEO David Pecker is one of four board members. More:
- That statement syncs with one lawyer's take on how AMI might defend itself against allegations of extortion. LA-based attorney Robert Schwartz told Bloomberg the company could claim the emails were simply communications between lawyers who are seeking to resolve a dispute. "The Enquirer has a lot of lawyers and wouldn't do this kind of thing without first talking it through with them."