Federal prosecutors in Manhattan claimed to have evidence indicating that Lauren Sanchez provided her brother with text messages between her and the billionaire.
New interesting details surrounding Jeff Bezos’ legal case against the National Enquirer have surfaced online. His girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, has now been suspected to have participated in exposing their affair after federal prosecutors in Manhattan claimed to have evidence indicating that the former news anchor provided her brother with text messages between her and the billionaire.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the text messages are part of the materials being reviewed by prosecutors who are investigating whether American Media Inc. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, tried to extort Bezos.
One of the text messages allegedly dated May 10, 2018. It was sent from Sanchez’s phone to her brother’s and apparently contained a flirtatious message from the Amazon owner. This message was included in the National Enquirer’s story. Another message, which dated July 3, 2018, included a picture of Bezos without his shirt on.
In addition to that, American Media has repeatedly said Michael Sanchez was its source for the article about Bezos’ affair and that he said he was sharing material he had acquired legally following allegations that Bezos’ phone was hacked and the text messages were stolen.
Bezos and Sanchez’s affair was exposed in January 2019, when the National Enquirer released purported texts between the pair. In the following month, the billionaire claimed that the publication attempted to extort and blackmail him. Explaining that his team tried to investigate how the outlet got its hand on the message, he wrote on Medium, “They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.”
He went on to explain why he decided to speak up about this issue, “Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”