A PURPORTED snap of Jeff Bezos' penis that was leaked to the press was a fake actually taken from a website for gay escorts, it has been claimed.
A new biography on the Amazon billionaire also says there is no "conclusive evidence" to back up suggestions that the Saudi Arabia heir was behind a tip-off about his affair with Lauren Sanchez, claiming it was a "distracting" theory.
Sanchez's brother Michael had alleged in an interview in 2019 that Bezos had sent "20 d*** pics" to his sister.
After news reached Bezos that the National Enquirer, which is run by American Media Incorporated (AMI), had been sent his embarrassing snaps he considered buying it to find out who the leaker was, Michael claimed.
Reports from the Enquirer alleged Bezos sent photographs of his "big" willy to lover Lauren Sanchez in a string of text messages.
The tech tycoon also reportedly told the TV star he was "full of love" for her and wanted to wake her up "and not be quite so gentle" with her.
In addition to shirtless photographs, he was also said to have sent Sanchez an "unsparing" photograph of his genitals and "sexts" which were apparently too graphic to publish, according to a National Enquirer source speaking to the New York Post in 2019.
Bezos had alleged that Enquirer bosses had tried to blackmail him with the nude pictures.
But now an almost 500-page book, titled Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, reveals that the infamous snap wasn't actually real.
Author Brad Stone writes in the biography that they were actually taken by Michael from a website for gay escorts.
Stone says that Michael "later told FBI investigators for the Southern District of New York that he never actually had an explicit photograph of Bezos in his possession."
Meanwhile, Bezos had pushed a theory that his phone had been phone hacked in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.
The biography claims Bezos relished how the idea that Saudi Arabia was behind the revelation of his affair moved the focus away "from the more unsavory and complicated truth".
The book adds there is no "conclusive evidence" to endorse claims from Bezos and his security consultant that Mohammed bin Salman was behind the tip-off, noting that the billionaire had "artfully suggested" it in a 2019 essay.
"For Bezos and his advisors, though, who were still trying to positively spin the embarrassing events surrounding his divorce, such a cloud of uncertainty was at the very least distracting from the more unsavory and complicated truth," Stone writes.
In January 2019, it was claimed Bezos had been secretly been seeing Sanchez while he was married to MacKenzie Scott.
The affair came to light when Bezos accused the National Enquirer of blackmailing him in an infamous blog post in February 2019.
It is also believed Bezos made his divorce announcement from wife MacKenzie believing that photos of himself and Sanchez could soon be made public.
In February 2019, Bezos outed them in response to "blackmail" from the Enquirer.
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