Actor Terry Crews says the National Enquirer's publisher tried to 'silence' him with fake stories as Jeff Bezos accuses the tabloid of blackmail

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  • Terry Crews has accused American Media Inc (AMI), publisher of
    the National Enquirer, of making up a false story to “silence”
    him.
  • Crews said Radar Online, which is owned by AMI, tried to run a
    fake story about him buying prostitutes after he went public in
    accusing a talent agent of sexual assault.
  • He published an alleged email from Radar Online back in 2017,
    and said the publication did not run the story because it was fake
    and he had publicly exposed them.
  • Crews resurfaced his allegations against AMI after Jeff Bezos
    accused the publisher of blackmail and said it was threatening to
    leak naked photos of him. 
  • AMI said it was “acting lawfully” but would investigate Bezos’
    claims.

Actor Terry Crews said the National Enquirer’s publisher,
American Media Inc (AMI), tried to “silence” him with fake stories
as Jeff Bezos publicly accuses the publisher of trying to blackmail
him.

Crews said on Twitter that AMI tried to silence him as he
attempted to sue a Hollywood agent who he claimed groped him and
the agency’s talent agency “by fabricating stories of me with
prostitutes.”

Crews
accused Adam Venit
of groping him at an industry party in 2016,
and filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Crews
told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018:
“The assault
lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while
he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he
was in control.”

Crews said on Friday that AMI tried to silence him and that they
“even went so far as creating fake receipts” but that he “called
their bluff by releasing their threats online.”

This same company, AMI, tried to silence me
in my lawsuit against @wme and Adam
Venit by fabricating stories of me with prostitutes— and even
went so far as creating fake receipts.

I called their bluff by releasing their threats online. They
blinked. https://t.co/S6lMZ5K6Tb

— terry crews (@terrycrews)
February 8, 2019

 

Crews first made the allegations against the company in 2017,
when he shared an email that he said was from Radar Online, which
is owned by AMI. He said that the day after he spoke about his
allegations the publication emailed him about a story about him
hiring two prostitutes in Monte Carlo in 2015. 

Read more: Read all the emails Jeff Bezos says the
National Enquirer sent to ‘blackmail’ him

“It never went 2 press because it was a lie,” Crews then said.
“This was not a coincidence. I told u they were coming 4 me. I also
told you I am ready.”

This was Crews’ tweet in 2017:

1 day after my @GMA interview,
@radaronline
threatened me w/ a false story abt me hiring 2 hookers at the 2015
Monte Carlo TV Festival.

It never went 2 press because it was a lie.

This was not a coincidence. I told u they were coming 4 me. I also
told you I am ready. pic.twitter.com/vqLAUknUiO

— terry crews (@terrycrews)
November 19, 2017

Crews shared the allegations again on Friday after Jeff Bezos,
the founder of Amazon and the owner of The Washington Post,

accused AMI of “extortion”
and said it was threatening to leak
naked photos of him unless he stopped his investigation into how
the photos leaked to the National Enquirer.

Terry Crews

In a blog post on Medium, Bezos said: “Rather than capitulate to
extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they
sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they
threaten.”

And
reporters including Ronan Farrow
have since come forward to say
that AMI had threatened them to stop reporting on the company’s
relationship with President Donald Trump. Farrow
tweeted
that he and at least one other journalist “fielded
similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from
AMI.”

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AMI said its board would investigate the claims made by Bezos,
but said it had “acted lawfully.”

“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the
reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” AMI said in a statement on
Friday morning.

Jeff Bezos

“Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr.
Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters
with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations
published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that
it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon
completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever
appropriate action is necessary.”

AMI and representatives for Terry Crews could not immediately be
reached for comment.


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Actor Terry Crews says the National Enquirer's publisher tried to 'silence' him with fake stories as Jeff Bezos accuses the tabloid of blackmail