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Pecker Airs 'Catch and Kill' Stories About Other Celebrities

Meanwhile, prosecutors accuse Trump of more violations of gag order

(Newser) - A lot of celebrity dirt was aired during day seven of Donald Trump's hush-money trial, only some of that being Trump's own. Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker testified Thursday that Trump was nervous about the publication holding boxes of materials related to "catch and kill" stories...

Pecker: 'We Didn't Want the Story to Embarrass Mr. Trump'

Former 'National Enquirer' publisher describes payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal

(Newser) - Donald Trump's dizzying day in court continued in New York on Thursday as former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker picked up his testimony in the hush-money trial. Pecker elaborated on the "catch and kill" strategy of buying and burying negative Trump stories. For example, he spoke about paying...

National Enquirer Fabricated Story About Cruz's Dad, Says Ex-Publisher

David Pecker admits article about Rafael Cruz, JFK assassin was faked

(Newser) - While testifying at Donald Trump's hush money trial Tuesday , the former publisher of the National Enquirer said that an infamous 2016 story about Ted Cruz's father was completely fabricated. The article claimed Rafael Cruz handed out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets with Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, before Oswald assassinated...

Age of Print Gossip Appears to Be Kaput

'National Enquirer' sells after a long hunt for a buyer, suggesting the end of an era

(Newser) - What is perhaps the nation's most famous print tabloid has been sold to a new owner after a three-year hunt for a buyer, reports CNN . VVIP Ventures bought the National Enquirer and sister publications the National Examiner and the Globe from A360 in a cash deal whose price wasn'...

FEC Fines Enquirer Owner Over Payment but Not Trump

Company that was run by David Pecker to pay $187K in McDougal case

(Newser) - The Federal Election Commission has fined the publisher of the National Enquirer over its involvement in a payment made to keep Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump, to keep quiet about the relationship during the 2016 presidential campaign. The $150,000...

Pecker's National Enquirer Helped Bury Stories. Now, He's Out

Parent company American Media Inc. is being taken over by logistics firm Accelerate360

(Newser) - David Pecker is stepping down as CEO of the National Enquirer's parent, ending a reign that saw the company entangled in a campaign finance scandal that sent President Trump's personal lawyer to jail. Pecker's company, American Media Inc., is being taken over by Accelerate360, a logistics firm...

Bezos Hit With Lawsuit From Girlfriend's Brother

Michael Sanchez sues for defamation

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez made it red-carpet official last month, but February brings a new set of headlines tied to their union. It emerged late Sunday that Sanchez's brother, Michael Sanchez, on Friday sued the Amazon founder for defamation. He alleges that Bezos and his security consultant,...

Karen McDougal, Who Says She Had Affair With Trump, Sues Fox News

Tucker Carlson defamed her by referring to extortion, lawsuit says

(Newser) - Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president, filed a defamation suit Thursday against Fox News. McDougal received $150,000 that Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, has said came from him. In December 2018, Fox host Tucker Carlson said...

NBC Exec Comes Out Fighting After Farrow Accusations

Network's president says ex-employee has 'an ax to grind'

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow's name is spread across headlines Tuesday as his new expose hits bookshelves. From Catch and Kill, CNN pulls the claim that National Enquirer Editor-in-Chief Dylan Howard directed staffers to shred "a Trump-related document" held in a safe as reporters investigated the tabloid's "catch and...

National Enquirer Is Being Sold
Here's Who Bought
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Here's Who Bought National Enquirer

Along with the rest of American Media's tabloid business

(Newser) - The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News, the AP reports. Tabloid owner American Media says it is selling the supermarket weekly to James Cohen. The deal comes after a rocky year for the tabloid in which it was caught up...

Report: 'Disgusted' Hedge Fund Boss Wants to Offload Enquirer

Parent company is seeking bids for tabloid

(Newser) - With a possible lawsuit from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos looming, the parent company of the National Enquirer is seeking to offload the troubled tabloid. American Media says it is considering a sale so that it can focus on other parts of its business, the AP reports. "We feel the...

Bezos' Security Honcho Finished His Probe. Here's What He Found

Gavin de Becker fingers Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - In a lengthy piece posted to the Daily Beast , Jeff Bezos' investigator, Gavin de Becker, reveals what his investigation into the National Enquirer's publication of a story about Bezos' relationship with Lauren Sanchez turned up: that the Saudis accessed his boss' phone and "gained private information" from it....

Enquirer Paid Mightily for the Bezos Texts: WSJ

American Media boss was outraged by upfront payment, sources say

(Newser) - The brother of Jeff Bezos' girlfriend provided the National Enquirer with racy texts the Amazon founder sent to Lauren Sanchez and was handsomely rewarded for doing so, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The insiders say David Pecker, CEO of Enquirer parent company American Media Inc. and an associate of...

Brother of Bezos Mistress Speaks Out

Michael Sanchez says affair is a 'legendary romance'

(Newser) - Yet another twist in the Bezos-Sanchez saga: Michael Sanchez, brother of Lauren Sanchez, has hinted that he leaked explicit texts between his sister and Jeff Bezos to the National Enquirer—but not explicit photos. He tells Vanity Fair that he did not supply the "d--- pics" the tabloid's...

AMI Lawyer Says Bezos Threat 'Wasn't a Crime'

He says Amazon CEO knows who source was

(Newser) - The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on Sunday a "reliable...

The Man Leading Bezos' Investigation Is a Force
Bezos' Blackmail Claims
Get a Response From AMI
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Bezos' Blackmail Claims Get a Response From AMI

And more on the Amazon founder's allegations of blackmail

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos was made an offer he couldn't refuse and refused it, very publicly, on Thursday, by way of a Medium blog post that outlined National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc.'s (AMI) alleged attempt to blackmail him with sexual photos. AMI responded Friday morning with a...

Ronan Farrow Says AMI Tried to Blackmail Him

Jeff Bezos wasn't the only one, he says

(Newser) - Hours after Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer's parent company of blackmail , Ronan Farrow said American Media Inc. had done the same thing to him and at least one other journalist. Farrow tweeted Thursday night that after breaking stories on the Enquirer's "catch and kill" arrangement with...

Jeff Bezos Accuses Owner of Enquirer of Extortion

He says David Pecker's American Media is threatening him over photos and texts

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos has just put up a remarkable blog post on Medium in which he accuses the publisher of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail." The Amazon CEO says that instead of giving in, he's going public with the threats—even publishing the letters sent to...

After Racy Texts Leak, Bezos Launches Investigation

'Strong leads point to political motives'

(Newser) - The world's richest man doesn't know how his racy text messages to Lauren Sanchez ended up in the National Enquirer —but he can afford to hire private investigators to find out. Gavin de Becker, longtime security chief for Jeff Bezos, is leading the privately funded investigation. He...

National Enquirer Publisher Cops to Hush-Money Payment

American Media won't be prosecuted, signs plea deal

(Newser) - The US attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the AP reports. The agreement was announced Wednesday shortly after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen...

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