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•  From the Wall Street Journal (though it might as well be from the National Enquirer:

"Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos ’ girlfriend, sued the Inc. founder for defamation, alleging his representatives spread false rumors to news outlets that Mr. Sanchez provided graphic nude photos of Mr. Bezos to the press.

"The lawsuit, filed Friday in California state court in Los Angeles, also names as a defendant Gavin de Becker, a security consultant hired by Mr. Bezos. Mr. Sanchez, a talent manager, claims Mr. de Becker worked with Mr. Bezos to spread false statements about the public disclosure of Mr. Bezos’ affair with Lauren Sanchez, Mr. Sanchez’s sister."

The story goes on:  "Mr. Sanchez’s lawsuit acknowledges that he helped publicize the relationship in an attempt to get out in front of news about the relationship.

"His lawsuit concerns what he says was a campaign by Mr. Bezos and Mr. de Becker to blame Mr. Sanchez for turning over graphic nude photographs, which Mr. Sanchez denies doing. People familiar with Mr. Sanchez’s dealings with the tabloid said he showed a below-the-belt selfie of Mr. Bezos to the Enquirer, without providing a copy, but turned over other images."

Three things.

First, Bezos probably will be okay.  He reportedly made about $8 billion last week when Amazon's stock went up seven percent.

Second, this is going to make Thanksgiving this year at the Bezos household kind of interesting.Third, wouldn't we all be better off if we lived in a world where nude selfies didn't exist, or at least did not become a matter for public discussion?  (You know.  Like what I'm doing right now.)