- Jeff Bezos in a court filing Monday accused Michael Sanchez, the brother of his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, of extortion.
- According to The Daily Beast, which reviewed the filing made in California, Bezos and his legal team claim that Sanchez is “leveraging the current media environment to harass” Bezos and Sanchez’s sister for financial gain.
- The motion follows a defamation lawsuit from Sanchez on Friday in which he claimed Bezos falsely told journalists that Sanchez provided nude photos of Bezos to the National Enquirer.
Jeff Bezos in a court filing Monday accused Michael Sanchez, the brother of his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, of extorting him via a defamation suit dealing with leaked nude photos of Bezos sent to the National Inquirer.
It is an escalation of a legal battle that centers on who sent the pictures to the outlet. Sanchez says Bezos defamed him by blaming the leak on him. Bezos says that accusation is itself attempted extortion.
According to The Daily Beast, which reviewed the filing made in California, Bezos and his legal team say Sanchez is abusing the legal system to lure the tech billionaire into an expensive dispute.
“Extortion rears its head again in this lawsuit, this time not only aimed at Defendants but also directly threatening speech protected under the First Amendment,” William Isaacson, Bezos’ attorney, wrote in the filing, according to The Beast.
According to The Beast, Bezos’ motion seeks to dismiss Sanchez’s lawsuit under a California law meant to take action against frivolous lawsuits.