The National Enquirer’s parent company said Friday that it will investigate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ claims that he was extorted and blackmailed after he launched a probe into how the National Enquirer obtained private text messages and photos of him and his girlfriend.

American Media Inc., which owns the Enquirer, said it “acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” but would investigate his allegations.

American Media — which is comprised of four board members, including CEO David Pecker — said they will take “appropriate action”, if necessary, following the investigation.

Bezos has not yet responded to American Media, but lashed out at Pecker on Thursday in a post on blogging website Medium.

The tabloid and Pecker have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for their close ties to President Donald Trump as well as broader allegations that they acted on the president’s behalf against his perceived enemies.

 

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