Jeff Bezos claims the National Enquirer is threatening to publish “intimate photos” of him.

Yes, really.

You should get comfortable because we've got a lot to unpack here.

In a blog post, the Amazon founder and richest man in the world said he was exposing the story because he would not “capitulate to extortion and blackmail”.

Bezos published emails which he claims show American Media Inc, the company who publish the Enquirer, threatening to reveal a “below the belt selfie – otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick’”.

He alleges American Media Inc CEO David Pecker was motivated by coverage of the company’s ties with Saudi Arabia in the Washington Post, the newspaper Bezos bought for $250m in 2013.

There’s history here too, because the NationalEnquirer also reported in January that Bezos had been having an eight-month affair with TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

So to recap, the world’s richest man is allegedly being blackmailed by a tabloid newspaper with a “d*ck pic” because his newspaper was investigating whether they were working with the Saudi government.


Naturally, the internet is losing its mind over this.

Here’s an all-time top 10 front page from the New York Post to celebrate the story.

And here’s another juicy detail – it looks like the Enquirer’s website is hosted by Amazon Web Services…

We should also spare a thought for the Cincinnati Enquirer right now, which is definitely NOT the National Enquirer.

Although Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer are pretty controversial figures at the best of times, people generally agree the Amazon CEO is doing the right thing by not backing down.

With all the excitement, you might have missed people wondering if Bezos has invented a new word as well.

But whether he knew it or not, it turns out “complexify” is a real word, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Obviously, this story, if true, is pretty bad but one question for a lot of people is whether the National Enquirer committed a crime with the emails Bezos alleges were sent to him

Over to legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti for an explainer on that...

Woah, that was a lot of information.

Now you’re all up to date with what is undoubtedly the most important story of the century.

I feel you Chrissy.

It's a very complexificated time.

HT: Twitter Moments

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