BOSTON — Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein donated more than $700,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visited campus at least nine times after being convicted of sex crimes in 2008, according to new findings from a law firm hired to investigate Epstein’s ties with the elite school.The report finds that some senior leaders at MIT approved Epstein’s donations but demanded that they be kept out of the public spotlight in an attempt to protect the school’s reputation. Many of the donations came through Epstein’s foundations and were recorded as anonymous gifts.Still, the report concluded that MIT’s leaders violated no laws or school policies in accepting gifts from a convicted sex offender. At the time, the school had no policy on accepting controversial gifts. The school says it will now develop one.MIT President L. Rafael Reif called the findings “a sharp reminder of human fallibility and its consequences.””An enduring MIT value is the willingness to face hard facts, and as community voices have made clear, this situation demands openness and transparency,” Reif wrote in a campus letter.In total, investigators found that Epstein donated $850,000 to MIT between 2002 and 2017. Nearly all of it went to the MIT Media Lab… Read full this story
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