National Enquirer reportedly paid girlfriend's brother $200,000 for private Bezos texts

Key Points
  • The National Enquirer's publisher paid $200,000 to the brother of Jeff Bezos' mistress Lauren Sanchez to obtain text messages from the couple, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Private investigators hired by Bezos came to a similar conclusion.
WSJ reporter breaks down how the National Enquirer got Bezos' private text messages and photos

The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Enquirer's publisher paid $200,000 to obtain intimate texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his mistress Lauren Sanchez. American Media, the supermarket tabloid's publisher, reportedly paid that sum to Michael Sanchez, Lauren's brother.

The Journal's finding, attributed to people familiar with the matter, parallels the conclusion reached by private investigators working for Bezos as of early February. Those investigators reportedly found that Michael Sanchez had leaked the texts to the Enquirer, although they didn't appear to conclude who might have paid for them.

Bezos has said American Media threatened to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private exchanges and publicly declared that the Enquirer's coverage of him was not politically motivated.