LOS ANGELES: Jeff Bezos wants $1.7 million from his girlfriend’s brother to include legal fees the world’s 2nd-richest particular person racked up properly defending a defamation lawsuit.
Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, sued Bezos and his stability specialist, Gavin de Becker, saying they defamed him by telling journalists that Michael had been the resource of nude images of Bezos that ended up leaked to the National Enquirer. The circumstance was thrown out due to the fact Michael Sanchez’s only proof was that he had read that from journalists.
Michael Sanchez betrayed his sister and Bezos by marketing their private communications to the tabloid for $200,000 and then doubled down by filing a lawsuit, supposed to harass Bezos into a settlement “by threatening discovery and community disclosure of personal issues,” Bezos, with a internet really worth of $193 billion, claimed in his request submitted Friday in Los Angeles Outstanding Court.
“Mr Bezos’s rate request is obscene, even grotesque, on quite a few stages,” Tom Warren, an lawyer for Michael Sanchez, reported in an e-mail.
A California point out judge in November threw out Sanchez’s lawsuit below a point out legislation that makes it possible for for expedited dismissal of baseless lawsuits more than guarded speech. Underneath the anti-Slapp statute, the prevailing defendant is entitled to have lawful costs reimbursed by the plaintiff.
Bezos went community in 2019 with what he mentioned was an extortion endeavor by the National Enquirer. He reported it experienced threatened to publish a lot more details of his relationship with Lauren Sanchez as very well as revealing photos if he did not halt investigating what had prompted a January 2019 expose about their affair whilst Bezos was even now married to MacKenzie Scott. They divorced in 2019.
The circumstance is Sanchez v Bezos, 20ST-cv-04212, California Outstanding Court, Los Angeles County.