UPDATED 9:53 AM PT — Friday, September 13, 2019
Recent reports have confirmed one of Harvard’s mega donors is convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein. The revelation appears to be forcing the university to do some damage control.
The ivy league institution came clean about its $9 million worth of donations from the disgraced financier after many months of silence, and the college said it plans to donate those remaining funds to sex-trafficking prevention efforts.
This comes after Epstein committed suicide last month at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, which has raised questions regarding the facility’s handling of such a high-profile case.
“I will say, as I said before, we have found serious irregularities at the center, but at the same time I have seen nothing that undercuts the finding of the medical examiner that this was a suicide,” stated Attorney General William Barr.
Despite Epstein’s death, the convicted criminal’s crimes continue to cause commotion for his once allies. For example, the president of MIT also faced scrutiny this week after a signed ‘thank you’ note to Epstein from the official leaked online. The revelation comes on the heels of another top MIT official’s resignation after reports revealed Epstein donated to the school and the school allegedly tried to cover it up.
“Part of my job was to research the prospect for the top rated donors potential, donors to MIT, and I looked at Epstein’s record and found his conviction,” stated former MIT employee Signe Swenson.
MIT isn’t the only entity feeling the burn of Epstein. The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, for example, returned a $10,000 gift from the financier days after receiving it.
As more reports are likely to reveal other Epstein allies, it might just be a matter of time before other donations tied to his name will need to be explained.