Lauren Sanchez probably shouldn’t bring boyfriend Jeff Bezos to family dinners for a while… The Amazon CEO is trying to slap her brother Michael with a massive bill for lawyer’s fees.
Bezos is attempting to recover an enormous $1.7 million in legal costs after a California court dismissed Michael’s defamation lawsuit against the billionaire. Michael, a Hollywood talent agent, sued Bezos last February with allegations that Bezos and his associates made a false claim that he had leaked nude photos of the tech titan to tabloids.
The National Enquirer posted a bombshell expose about Bezos and Lauren Sanchez illicit affair in January 2019, when Sanchez was married to WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell and Bezos had just separated from then wife MacKenzie Scott. The ensuing divorce cost Bezos 25% of his Amazon stock, worth $35.6 billion at the time.
The Enquirer claimed it had acquired raunchy messages between Bezos and girlfriend Sanchez, which prompted the Amazon boss to enlist the head of his personal security team, Gavin de Becker, to investigate who had hacked into his private messages.
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In February, Bezos accused the Enquirer’s publisher AMI of trying to blackmail him with the threat of printing more illicit photos of the couple unless he called off the investigation, but the CEO got the last laugh by publishing the threatening emails in a blog post.
De Becker revealed to the Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was a person of interest in the investigation. Sanchez said the accusations were “lies, half-truths, sloppy tabloid leads, [and] crazy conspiracy theories.”
The Enquirer copped to paying Michael $200k to license the texts and photos, insisting he was the only source in January 2020, after a United Nations inquiry discovered Bezos had been hacked by the Saudi Arabian Government.
Michael filed suit against Bezos and De Becker in February on the basis that they defamed him by claiming sold the obscene photos, but had not been the source of those images. “I’m not saying I didn’t do something,” Michael snarked in an interview.
The presiding judge threw out his lawsuit in November, ruling Michael’s assertion that reporters revealed to him that Bezos’ associates had fingered him as the photo leaker amounted to hearsay.
Bezos’ attorney, William Isaacson, commented said his clients were “pleased” the case was dismissed, “When it comes to frivolous lawsuits seeking money or attention, the law is clear — and the law worked.”
Lauren Sanchez, who remains in the middle, is hurt by her older brother’s deceit. “He secretly provided my most personal information to the National Enquirer – a deep and unforgivable betrayal. My family is hurting over this new baseless and untrue lawsuit, and we truly hope my brother finds peace.”
And when one’s disloyalty wounds the richest man in the world’s girlfriend, he makes them pay more than eight times what they sold out for, even if the traitor is her brother.