‘National Enquirer’ Reportedly Paid Brother of Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend $200,000 for Explicit Text Messages

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: WME’s Patrick Whitesell (not pictured), Lauren Sanchez and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attend Jeff Bezos and Matt Damon’s “Manchester By The Sea” Holiday Party on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez’s private text messages may have been leaked by someone in close contact with them — and for a lot of money.

Sanchez’s brother Michael was allegedly paid $200,000 by the National Enquirer in exchange for racy text messages between the news anchor, 49, and the Amazon CEO, 55, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesperson for American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Michael, a Hollywood manager, did not immediately respond for comment.

In a February interview with Vanity Fair in which he spoke of his sister’s relationship to the billionaire, Michael denied leaking explicit photos of the couple but did not deny other involvement with the Enquirer’s story.

“I had nothing to do with the leak of the d— picks,” he said. “That’s the important thing. I never had access.”

Michael continued, “I’m not saying I didn’t do something. The truth will come out about my motivations and how much I believe in Jeff and Lauren’s love.”

“It’s a legendary romance that will blow your mind as to just how in love they are,” he added.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Alexia Fernandez