On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported that AMI, the Enquirer's parent company, paid the Hollywood manager $200,000 for the steamy texts between the two, which will surely play a role in what will likely be the most expensive divorce in the history of mankind.
Despite picking up the six-figure check, Michael claimed his motives were to protect the couple's relationship, by ensuring the news didn't break until after they had a chance to tell their spouses.
Bezos, the world's richest man, accused AMI of trying to blackmail him with the explicit photos by trying to stop him carrying out an investigation into the leak.
The Amazon founder pushed ahead anyway, having his longtime security consultant Gavin de Becker investigate; he concluded Michael was the leaker, and that the motivation behind the pro-Trump publication was likely political.
Just before the story broke in January, Bezos announced he was divorcing his wife of more than 26 years, MacKenzie. The couple share four children.
Sanchez meanwhile remains officially married to her estranged husband and father of two of her three children, Patrick Whitesell.