to connectVideoMIT media lab director resigns following report of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein:
The director is standing down after admitting to taking more than $ 1.5 million from Epstein, for himself and for the media lab.
The University has a nearly $9 million in donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein over a period of nine years, the Ivy League university’s president, announced in an e-mail on Thursday evening.
The disgraced financier, who was found hanging in his cell and later pronounced dead Aug. 10, he gave $6.5 million to Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and other gifts totaling $2.4 million between 1998 and 2007, the University’s President, Lawrence S. Bacow said.
“Each one of these gifts, Epstein, and its affiliated foundations at the Harvard University in the age of his guilty plea in June of 2008,” Bacow said. “So far, we’ve discovered the gifts received from Epstein, or his foundation after his guilty plea. In addition, we have specifically rejected, as a gift from Epstein after his conviction in 2008.”
MIT MEDIA LAB DIRECTOR RESIGNS AFTER REPORT ABOUT THE FINANCIAL TIES TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN:
Epstein pleaded guilty to child prostitution charges in 2008 and registered as a sex offender. He agreed to a plea deal and served almost 13 months in jail with work-release privileges so he can work in his office six days a week.
Joichi Ito, the director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), resigned Saturday-after it was revealed he accepted $525,000 in donations from Epstein after his guilty plea in 2008, according to a report published by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow.
When my father died, Epstein, 66, was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide. Plaintiff, who alleged that Epstein paid girls as young as 14 to several hundred dollars for a massage to harass them in their homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 to 2005.
JEFFREY EPSTEIN, FLEW TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, 11-, AND 12-YEAR-OLD GIRLS, BY 2018, THE WITNESS SAID
“Epstein’s reported to be the criminal actions that were totally abhorrent,” Bacow said on Thursday. “They are blatantly insulting the values of our society and of this institution, and we condemn them.”
Bacow added that, while many of Epstein’s gifts to Harvard, and not by the funds were spent on “a year ago, for the intended purposes, in support of research and education,” the college was an existing fund that was still in use.
“A little gift” for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and has a remaining balance of $186,000, which, Bacow said, and will be directed “to all the organizations that are in support of the victims of trafficking in human beings and child sexual abuse.”
“This is an unusual move for a university, but we have decided that this is the right course of action, under the circumstances,” he said.
As a former member of the faculty of sciences, Stephen Kosslyn, appointed Epstein as a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychology in 2005, and that the university is “to strive to get to know more about the nature of the event,” Bacow said.
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Leave a review of Epstein’s donations to Harvard university, is in progress, according to the university.
The Ministry of Justice and the FBI are still investigating the circumstances of Epstein’s death.
Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Bryan Llenas contributed to this report.