The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) admitted his secret ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday.
His confession is just the latest rich and powerful person surrounding Epstein and those he associated with to come forward — with more expected.
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The prestigious university in Massachusetts was in deep with the pedophile.
L. Rafael Reif, president of MIT, said he wrote a letter to Epstein seven years ago, thanking him.
He claims not to remember the document, and called it standard.
“I apparently signed this letter on August 16, 2012, about six weeks into my presidency,” he said regretfully. “Although I do not recall it, it does bear my signature.”
Reif also admitted last month that MIT took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years. Some staffers referred to Epstein as “Voldemort” — the villian from the Harry Potter stories — and said they were uncomfortable with his inside access to the prestigous institution.
Reif’s revelation came out of an independent investigation by Goodwin Procter, the outside law firm retained to investigate the facts surrounding MIT’s ties to Epstein.
The investigation was launched after an uproar over the MIT Media Lab’s close ties to Epstein that led to lab director’s resignation.
Director Joi Ito’s resignation came after The New Yorker reported that the Media Lab had a more extensive fundraising relationship with Epstein than it previously acknowledged and tried to conceal the extent of the relationship.
Reif also said that Goodwin Procter’s investigation found that senior members of MIT’s administration were aware of gifts the lab received between 2013 and 2017 from Epstein’s foundations — after he was first convicted of sex crimes.
“Goodwin Procter has found that in 2013, when members of my senior team learned that the Media Lab had received the first of the Epstein gifts, they reached out to speak with Joi Ito,” Reif wrote.
“He asked for permission to retain this initial gift, and members of my senior team allowed it. They knew in general terms about Epstein’s history — that he had been convicted and had served a sentence and that Joi believed that he had stopped his criminal behavior.”
Epstein, 66, allegedly killed himself in jail Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Federal prosecutors in New York had charged him with sex trafficking and conspiracy, alleging he sexually abused many young girls over several years in the early 2000s.
The independent investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this article