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Endeavor Govt Chairman Patrick Whitesell is publicly denying a aged National Enquirer reporter’s claims that the Hollywood company head tipped off the tabloid to Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair with Whitesell’s now ex-wife, Lauren Sanchez.
In a signed affidavit filed this week by the lawful team as half of a defamation swimsuit filed final 365 days by Michael Sanchez, Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Nikolaos Tzima Hatziefstathiou said that he became once asked by Dylan Howard — then the tip editor of Enquirer owner American Media Inc. — to pursue a memoir on Bezos in response to a tip from Whitesell.
“The source became once Mr. Whitesell (at the time married to Ms. Sanchez), who wished to steal fair valid thing about a ‘derive out of divorce free card’ that had fallen in his lap — particularly, his discovery of the Affair,” the affidavit said. “Nonetheless, Mr. Whitesell became once adamant that his involvement because the source could never be disclosed, below any circumstance whatsoever, stressing all communications and ties must be carried out ‘outside of AMI.’”
Hatziefstathiou also said coverage of Bezos’ affair would allow Whitesell to circulate away Lauren Sanchez for Pia Miller, who is now his fiancée, “through a pre-planned divorce by which he appeared innocent and scandal-free, factual months forward of WME’s planned preliminary public providing in the summertime of 2019.”
But in a statement to TheWrap, a get for Whitesell denied the accusation. “That is categorically groundless, and sadly no longer the first time we now get hold of viewed this determined try from Michael Sanchez to perpetuate this irregular and tiring circus,” the spokesman said. “The very fact that Patrick has been implicated in this weird sequence of court docket cases and incriminations is an instantaneous outcomes of the character of those concerned and is entirely disconnected from fact. Any recommendation to the opposite is malicious and libelous.”
The spokesman added that Whitesell met his now-fiancée, Miller, a 365 days after the Bezos stories had been printed by the National Enquirer, refuting Hatziefstathiou’s assertion that the Endeavor govt became once making an try to circulate away Sanchez to be with Miller.
A consultant for AMI, now rebranded as A360 Media, did no longer straight away reply to a search recordsdata from of for comment.
In early 2019, almost at present after Bezos and MacKenzie Scott announced their divorce, the National Enquirer uncovered the Amazon founder’s affair with Sanchez, a TV host and helicopter pilot, in response to textual hiss messages and challenging pictures despatched between the 2 that it had got.
Hatziefstathiou’s affidavit became once filed as half of Michael Sanchez’s ongoing defamation case in opposition to the National Enquirer’s guardian firm, AMI, over the tabloid’s claim in a press release that he became once the main source for its legend about the Bezos affair and “offered the total materials” for its investigation.
Meanwhile, Hatziefstathiou has a dubious recognition. In 2019, he became once charged with impersonating journalists from the Unique York Times and “Glorious Morning The US” and for sending racist emails while posing as a county parole officer. He also pleaded responsible in 2015 to sending dozens of sex workers to his neighbor’s home and then calling the authorities on them.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this legend.