THE brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress has claimed the Amazon founder’s security consultant “launched World War III” over the leak of the penis selfies and said his statements were “misleading”.
Michael Sanchez added that Gavin de Becker, in charge of the investigation, was a “very powerful bully” and blamed him for details of his sister’s affair being made public.
Sanchez told Fox News’ show MediaBuzz: “Everything Gavin has gotten Jeff to do has only magnified the amplitude of the scandal.”
He claimed that while Bezos was a “brilliant man,” de Becker had a “strange puppetmaster control over Jeff.”
Sanchez also claimed the Amazon boss’ statement announcing his “trial separation” was “misleading” but he failed to elaborate further on the claim.
De Becker has dismissed the claims, saying that photographers had been tipped off and concealing clients from them was not part of his job.
In January this year Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie issued a joint statement saying their 25-year marriage was over.
Hours after Bezos and MacKenzie announced their divorce, intimate details of his affair with TV anchor Lauren Sanchez were published in The National Enquirer.
Bezos then claimed the magazine’s publishers AMI had attempted a campaign of “extortion and blackmail” against him.
He claimed an editor acting on the orders of AMI’s chairman David Pecker had approached him with “an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Emails reportedly sent by AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard to Bezos’ lawyer threatened to publish ten snaps including a naked selfie in the bathroom.
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It was claimed that explicit selfies and texts between Bezos and Sanchez were leaked by her brother.
Sanchez, who denied the allegations, said he’d known about his sister’s affair since April but insisted the messages got to the Enquirer via “spying by foreign government, rival tech companies or deep state actors within US government”.
Federal prosecutors are also reviewing the emails sent by AMI to Bezos to see if the company violated its immunity deal over the claims of using blackmail.