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April 22, 2019

Feds probing whether National Enquirer owner violated immunity deal via nude photo ‘extortion’ against Jeff Bezos: report

February 8, 2019
David Pecker, chairman and CEO of American Media Inc., addresses a crowd in New York in January 2014. (Marion Curtis / AP)

David Pecker may be balls deep in trouble.

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether the National Enquirer owner has violated his immunity deal by carrying out an alleged “extortion” scheme against Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, according to a report Friday.

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Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan is looking at whether an email exchange between Bezos and some of Pecker’s deputies could violate the non-prosecution deal that Pecker and the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., entered in the Michael Cohen case.

Bezos published the email exchange in full Thursday, alleging the AMI executives tried to “extort and blackmail” him by threatening to release salacious pictures of him and his mistress unless he agreed to call off a private investigation into how the National Enquirer obtained and published some his private text messages.

AMI officials did not return multiple requests for comment. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment.

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