Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have evidence that the brother of Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend provided his intimate text messages to her sibling, who sold them to the National Enquirer, according to a new report.
Prosecutors have obtained documents including a May 10, 2018 text message sent from the phone of Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez to her brother Michael Sanchez, containing her intimates texts with Bezos, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Prosecutors obtained the documents in an ongoing investigation into Bezos’ allegation that the Enquirer tried to extort him by threatening to publish his nude pictures, as well as whether his phone was hacked. Bezos himself has long pushed the suggestion that Saudi Arabia was involved as the Enquirer’s source.
The latest revelation comes after a report by Bezos’ investigators, endorsed by U.N. officials, indicated that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia had sent malicious code in a WhatsApp message that compromised the cell phone of Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.
Saudi Arabia denies hacking Bezos’ phone. The Enquirer claims that Michael Sanchez was their source for the bombshell story that revealed Bezos’ affair, while Michael Sanchez denies he had anything to do with it.
‘In September of 2018, Michael Sanchez began providing all materials and information to our reporters,’ a spokesman for American Media told the Journal.
The spokesman said that any suggestion that a third party, such as Saudi Arabia, ‘was involved in or in any way influenced our reporting is false.’
Michael Sanchez told the Journal in an emailed statement: ‘With spoon-fed lies and half-truths, Wall Street Journal keeps getting it wrong.’
In January 2019, the Enquirer exposed Bezos’ extramarital affair with Lauren Sanchez. The same week he abruptly announced a separation from his wife of 26 years, and has been romantically linked with Lauren Sanchez ever since.
Included in the tabloid’s exposé was a quote from the Bezos text message that the Journal says Lauren Sanchez had sent to her brother in May 2018.
Another text message sent from Lauren Sanchez’s phone to her brother’s on July 3, 2018 includes a photo of a shirtless Bezos, according to the Journal.
After his affair exposed by the Enquirer, Bezos and his investigator, Gavin de Becker, began to push the suggestion that Saudi Arabia may have played a role in obtaining Bezos’ private messages.
Bezos texts published by National Enquirer
‘I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon.’
‘I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in. I want to hold you tight.… I want to kiss your lips…. I love you. I am in love with you.’
‘I miss you. I want to kiss you right now and tuck you in slowly and gently. And maybe in the morning wake you up and not be quite so gentle with you.’
‘Your energy and ideas and competence and SPIRIT turn me on. You make me better. You’re meant for me.’
‘I am so full of love for you. My heart is growing just so it can have room for you. It’s bigger than it’s ever been and still swelling.’
‘I want to hold you tight.… I want to kiss your lips…. I love you. I am in love with you.’
‘You know what I want? I want to get a little drunk with you tonight. Not falling down. Just a little drunk. I want to talk to you and plan with you. Listen and laugh … I basically WANT TO BE WITH YOU!!! Then I want to fall asleep with you and wake up tomorrow and read the paper with you and have coffee with you