Martin Sheen is making a movie with a media executive who was accused of trying to extort Jeff Bezos

Jon Kopaloff/WireImage and Allen Berezovsky/WireImageMartin Sheen will narrate a documentary film that’s being produced by Dylan Howard, the man who was accused of extortion by Jeff Bezos.
  • Martin Sheen will serve as a narrator for the upcoming documentary “Rush to Judgment II,” which will be produced by American Media Inc. chief content officer and vice president Dylan Howard via his Topixly production company, Deadline reported and INSIDER confirmed.
  • The documentary aims to uncover the conspiracy behind President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
  • An executive producer on the documentary told INSIDER that Howard will be involved in fundraising and marketing for the film, as well as partially funding it through Topixly.
  • Howard recently made headlines when he was accused of extortion by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos said that Howard threatened to release private, nude photos of the Amazon CEO if Bezos didn’t agree to make a statement absolving AMI of pursuing a political agenda in its coverage of him.
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Martin Sheen just joined a movie project that’s being produced by Dylan Howard, an executive at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., according to Deadline and confirmed by INSIDER.

The project, a documentary called “Rush to Judgment II,” is being produced by Howard’s Topixly production company.

The executive producer is Stephen S. Jaffe, a former staff investigator who was part of a legal team, helmed by New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison, that led a probe into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The documentary, based on the efforts of Garrison and his team to investigate the assassination of Kennedy, is an update to 1967’s “Rush to Judgment.”

Sheen is set to narrate the film.

Howard made headlines earlier this year when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused him of extortion.

It all started when The National Enquirer wrote about the tech billionaire’s extramarital relationship with Lauren Sanchez and included explicit, private text messages between the two.

The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, began an investigation into how AMI came into possession of these private communications. AMI president and CEO David Pecker is a longtime friend and confidant of President Donald Trump and has admitted to federal prosecutors that he helped identify and bury stories that could’ve been embarrassing to Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump frequently attacks Bezos and the Washington Post for its critical coverage of his administration. The Post reporters investigated whether the Enquirer’s story was a “political hit job.”

According to a February Medium blog post by Bezos, this Washington Post investigation prompted Howard to send Bezos’ attorney an email threatening to release intimate photos of Bezos and his mistress, including what he called a “below the belt selfie ” of Bezos, unless “common sense can prevail - and quickly.”

Bezos said in his blog post that an AMI attorney subsequently demanded that, as a condition of keeping the photos secret, Bezos make a statement affirming that AMI’s coverage of his personal life wasn’t politically motivated and call off Washington Post reporters who were pursuing that angle. Bezos said he declined the deal.

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Howard and representatives for Sheen, Topixly, and Bezos didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s requests for comment.

Jaffe, one of the original investigators on the JFK case and an executive producer on the documentary, told INSIDER that he had no hesitations about working with Howard.

“He’s quite an accomplished producer with many hours of film and television to his credit,” Jaffe told INSIDER.

Howard indeed has extensive credits on IMDb, and has both produced and appeared as a reporter in numerous true-crime or celebrity-focused documentaries, including “JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery” and “Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?”

According to Jaffe, Howard “will be involved in fundraising” for the upcoming documentary, in addition to “helping with marketing.” He also said that the film would receive “partial funding by [Howard’s] own company.” It was unclear if he was referring to Topixly.

Howard’s precise relationship to Topixly is unclear. Deadline describes the company as his “label.” A cached version of the site, which appeared to be taken down on Wednesday, says the company offers a wide variety of client services, from content creation to film production, book publishing, and more. It appears to be a unit of something called Topixly Capital, which, according to a cached version of the website, “is an investment firm founded by Dylan Howard to focus on private equity and special situation opportunities across industries including media, consumer products and business services.”

Howard is the chief content officer and vice president of AMI. In the months following Bezos’ bombshell allegation, he was “quietly sidelined,” the New York Post reported. The Associated Press reported in 2017 that Howard was accused by former employees of sexual misconduct in 2012.

In April, CNN reported that Bezos was meeting with federal investigators regarding his accusations of extortion and hacking by Howard and AMI.

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