Michael Sanchez filed the lawsuit late Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and subject of media reports that he was a source for the Enquirer’s splashy report a year ago uncovering the affair between his sister and Bezos.
Jeff Bezos was sued for defamation by his girlfriend’s brother in a lawsuit accusing the Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer of falsely claiming the brother provided lurid photographs to the National Enquirer.
Michael Sanchez filed the lawsuit late Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and subject of media reports that he was a source for the Enquirer’s splashy report a year ago uncovering the affair between his sister and Bezos. The story has ventured into an international debate, presently including claims that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince took an interest in a hack of Bezos’ phone and an investigation by federal investigators in New York.
The lawsuit additionally names Gavin de Becker, a security consultant who works for Bezos, as a defendant blaming Bezos and de Becker for telling journalists that Michael Sanchez gave graphic nude photos of the Amazon CEO to the tabloid.
Michael Sanchez acknowledges he entered a classified consent to “cooperate strategically” with American Media Inc., the National Enquirer’s parent organization in the filing, yet said he did as such to “get ahead of the story” with an end goal to constrain the reaction against his sister and Bezos. He also added that he didn’t give the photos to the Enquirer and couldn’t have been the source for them since he never had them.
Bezos’ legal advisor, William Isaacson, said Bezos would react to the allegations in court.
“Michael is my older brother,” Lauren Sanchez said in a statement gave by her legal counselor, Terry Bird. “He secretly provided my most personal information to the National Enquirer — a deep and unforgivable betrayal. My family is hurting over this new baseless and untrue lawsuit, and we truly hope my brother finds peace.”
A month ago a United Nations report indicted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of conceivable complicity in the hack of Bezos’ phone, in light of an analysis directed by a counseling firm hired by Bezos. Saudi Arabia has denied the claim, and the report didn’t connect Saudi Arabia’s so-called actions to the Enquirer report.
AMI was working under a non-prosecution agreement with the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, after admitting its role in hush-money payments made to women who supposedly had affairs with President Donald Trump, at the time the Bezos story was published.
Bezos blamed the tabloid, in a blog entry not long after the Enquirer’s tale about the affair – for extortion and blackmail in their look after for the story provoking prosecutors to reopen their investigation to decide whether AMI had disregarded its non-prosecution agreement. That investigation was still happening before the end of last year, according to people familiar with it.