Stanford University has admitted to receiving a previously undisclosed $50,000 donation from Jeffrey Epstein, joining other elite schools that were given financial gifts by the pedophile.
The elite school in California’s Silicon Valley accepted the contribution in 2004, two years before allegations of Epstein’s misdeeds came to light, reports Bloomberg.
The wealthy financier, while awaiting federal trial for the sex trafficking of minors, hung himself in a Manhattan jail cell August 10.
Stanford University (above) in California’s Silicon Valley accepted a $50,000 contribution from Jeffrey Epstein’s foundation in 2004, two years before allegations of his misdeeds came to light
Epstein’s COUQ Foundation, according to a Buzzfeed investigation, alleged it had supported several schools after Epstein’s first conviction in 2008
Epstein’s COUQ Foundation, according to a Buzzfeed investigation, alleged it had supported several schools after Epstein’s conviction in 2008.
He had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor, and was to serve 18 months in jail. Epstein would only served 13 months and was allowed to continue making financial investments, under the terms of a plea deal that was later deemed too lenient.
Initially Stanford, along with Cornell University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Duke University, and New York University, told BuzzFeed that a search of financial records found there weren’t donations made to any of the schools.
Then Stanford’s story seemed to.
The school said Buzzfeed asked about gifts from Epstein made after 2006, when the Florida allegations were first made. Stanford said it did mention to the news outlet about the 2004 donation, which it has spent, but that the disclosure didn’t make the story.
It’s admission about the donation made to the university’s physics department now places Stanford in the company of Harvard University and MIT, both of which also disclosed receiving financial donations.
Harvard last week revealed that it received about $9 million from Epstein and appointed him a visiting fellow, and vowed to direct the funds to victims of sexual assault.
The university admitted that it received the funding over a decade period that ended in 2007 and that the pedophile was listed as a fellow in the psychology department in 2005.
In a letter to the community published on Thursday night, Harvard president Larry Bacow said the school was expanding its Epstein probe.
‘Epstein’s behavior, not just at Harvard, but elsewhere, raises significant questions about how institutions like ours review and vet donors,’ he stated.
‘Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes were repulsive and reprehensible. I profoundly regret Harvard’s past association with him.’
Harvard (above) last week revealed that it received about $9 million from Epstein and appointed him a visiting fellow, and vowed to direct the funds to victims of sexual assault
Earlier this month at MIT (above), the school’s media lab director resigned after it emerged that he had accepted $1.7million in donations directly from Epstein, nearly $1million more than the $800,000 the school publicly apologized for
Harvard has previously admitted that Epstein gave them a $6.5 million contribution to establish their Program for Evolutionary Dynamics in 2003.
However, Bacow conceded in his letter that $2.4 million in donations to support Harvard were made between 1998 and 2007.
Earlier this month at MIT, the school’s media lab director resigned after it emerged that he had accepted $1.7million in donations directly from Epstein, nearly $1million more than the $800,000 the school publicly apologized for.
Joi Ito stepped down on September 7, after emails he sent the pedophile in 2014 – after his Florida conviction – were published.
In one, he brazenly asked Epstein for $100,000.
Ito resigned in an email to MIT provost, Martin A. Schmidt.