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Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he’s sorry for ever meeting, was a convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, to discuss philanthropy, according to a new report.
“I wish I didn’t have a meeting with him,” Gates told the Axios on Monday.
Epstein arranged to have at least $7.5 million in donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at the end of 2014, including $2 million from Gates and $ 5.5 million of the investor, Leon Black, according to e-mails obtained by The New Yorker.
“I do not want to say that I knew him well, as he was introduced to me as someone who could bring more and more people in philanthropy,” Gates said. “There were meetings along these lines. That’s not true, so that’s why I stopped meeting with him.”
“I would have to say that I do not have a … in a business or personal relationship, I would not go so far,” he said.
Gates also gave $2 million to MIT’s Media Lab, under the direction of Joichi Ito, for “further investigation”, according to the 2014 letter, obtained by the Axios.
Bill Gates ‘regrets’ meeting with Jeffrey Epstein.
MIT MEDIA LAB DIRECTOR RESIGNS AFTER REPORT ABOUT THE FINANCIAL TIES TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN:
“Also, keep in mind that the Bill wishes to remain anonymous with your donation, Gates’ agent, said in the letter.
Prior to the donation, Epstein had said to each e-mail is Deposited, and said to Gates, “this is a write up in our science program,” by Axios. Gates made a donation of less than a month later.
Ito resigned in September. 7, after it was revealed that he accepted $525,000 in donations from Epstein after the disgraced financier’s guilty plea in 2008, as first reported by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow.
The school increased approximately $800,000 from Epstein for more than 20 years ago, MIT’s President L. Rafael Reif said.
“[T]he acceptance of the Epstein gave was an error of judgment,” Reif said. “We are actively reviewing how best to improve our policies, processes and procedures in place in order to have a complete picture of MIT’s values, and to prevent the occurrence of similar errors in the future. Our internal review process is going on, and what we can learn from it to inform the way forward.”
Harvard University announced on Thursday that it will receive nearly $9 million in donations from Epstein has over a period of nine years.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY SAYS IT RECEIVED $8.9 M IN DONATIONS FROM JEFFREY EPSTEIN
Epstein gave $6.5 million to the Ivy League university’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 in an e-mail. “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.”
Epstein, who was found hanging in his cell and later pronounced dead Aug. The 10 had pleaded guilty to child prostitution charges in 2008 and registered as a sex offender. He had served almost 13 months in jail with work-release privileges after agreeing to a plea deal. Epstein, 66, was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges when he was killed. His death was ruled a suicide.
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Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran, contributed to this report.