Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos


Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos

WASHINGTON

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 Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said Sunday a “reliable source” well known to Bezos and his mistress provided the story about the billionaire’s extramarital affair.

Bezos has said AMI threatened to publish the explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private exchanges with his mistress, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, and publicly declare that the Enquirer’s coverage of him was not politically motivated. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

Bezos’ investigators have suggested the Enquirer’s coverage of his affair was driven by dirty politics, and the high-profile clash has pitted the world’s richest man against the leader of America’s best-known tabloid, who is a strong backer of President Donald Trump’s. Trump has been highly critical of Bezos over his ownership of The Washington Post and Amazon, and the Post’s coverage of the White House.

‘Lego Movie 2’ opens at No. 1

NEW YORK

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” was easily the top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film’s $35 million opening failed to stack up to its expected haul, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The animated sequel had been forecast to draw around $50 million. Instead, it debuted with half the $69 million the 2014 original did, despite good reviews and an A-minus CinemaScore.

Paramount’s “What Men Want,” a loose remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy, debuted in second place with $19 million. Henson plays a sports agent with the ability to hear men’s thoughts in Adam Shankman’s film, a kind of gender flip from the original. The film got poor reviews (47 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five at the box office were: “Cold Pursuit,” $10.8 million, third place; “The Upside,” $7.2 million, fourth place; and “Glass,” $6.4 million, fifth place.

Memorial set for Nashville rock musician killed in robbery

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Mourners plan to gather today at a memorial service in Tennessee for musician Kyle Yorlets after the frontman for the rock band Carverton was gunned down during a robbery.

The service will be at Belmont University, Yorlets’ alma mater, the Nashville-based band said. The band says “all are welcome to come and celebrate the life of Kyle.”

Yorlets, 24, a Carlisle, Pa., native, was fatally shot outside his home Thursday, Metropolitan Nashville police said.

Five youths in a stolen pickup truck were in an alley behind Yorlets’ home when they spotted him outside, police said. They are accused of stealing his wallet, demanding the keys to his vehicle and shooting him when he refused.

Authorities later arrested the youths at a Nashville store and recovered two stolen, loaded pistols. The suspects ranging in age from 12 to 16 were charged with criminal homicide, and prosecutors were seeking to try them as adults.

Associated Press

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