An MIT director for fundraising in the middle of a row about donations from Jeffrey Epstein insisted that he follow the university rules when he accepted the money from the shame financier.
Peter Cohen has been examined for his role at the MIT Media Lab, where he helped process donations from Epstein and worked on fundraising plans with Bill Gates.
According to emails published by the New Yorker, Cohen described one of the donations as & # 39; Jeffrey money, must be anonymous. Thank you. & # 39;
Cohen said that he acted in accordance with school protocols, which he believed were authorized by the central administration of the MIT, and had never seen anything illegal.
"Despite my personal inconvenience with regard to Mr. Epstein and his involvement with MIT, I did not believe I was able to change MIT's policies and practices," he told the Boston Globe.
Peter Cohen (left) has been examined for his role on donations from shamed financier Jeffrey Epstein (right)
Cohen now works for Brown University, but was suspended on Sunday for reports about his connections with Epstein money.
It was claimed that Epstein personnel & # 39; Voldemort & # 39; named or & # 39; he who should not be named & # 39 ;.
Cohen said his interactions with Epstein himself & # 39; few and briefly & # 39; and said he had no personal relationship with the pedophile financier.
The former director of development and strategy said he had never asked Epstein for money.
The school had already apologized last month for taking $ 800,000 from Epstein in the last 20 years and promised to donate that amount to charity for victims of sexual violence.
However, it has now been claimed that the university took more money than was originally admitted.
Peter Cohen has been examined for his role at the MIT Media Lab (photo), where he helped process donations from Epstein and worked on fundraising plans with Bill Gates
Media Lab director Joi Ito of MIT has already resigned after reports claim that he had accepted $ 1.7 million in donations from Epstein.
Leaked emails suggested that Ito Epstein had directly requested $ 100,000 in one email.
When Ito was in contact with Epstein in 2014, the financier had already been in prison for a sex crime in Florida.
MIT has now hired a law firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's interactions with MIT & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We asked the company to investigate all donations from MIT, both those that came directly from Jeffrey Epstein and its associated foundations, and any donations that may have been received under the direction of Jeffrey Epstein, & said, "MIT President Rafael Reif.
& # 39; In addition, the research will focus on who at MIT may have been aware of the donations. & # 39;
The New Yorker report also claimed that Epstein had helped in getting funding from Bill Gates.
However, the Gates camp denied those claims on Monday and said that he had given his money directly to the university and that the donation had nothing to do with Epstein.
Since the death of Epstein in his cell in August, weeks after he was arrested on a federal charge for sex trafficking, several universities have been confronted with uncomfortable questions about donations from Epstein.
Bill Gates (photo) denied claims he had donated to MIT in collaboration with Epstein and said he had given his money directly to the university
Harvard University says it has already spent $ 6.5 million that Epstein donated in 2003. The University of Arizona says it will not receive $ 50,000 it received in 2017.
In Canada, the University of British Columbia is not giving back $ 25,000 it received from a charity from Epstein in 2011.
The Ohio State University did not say what would come from the Epstein funding, including $ 2 million that was donated in 2007. The school announced an evaluation of the gifts in July, but refused to give an update on Monday.
Other schools have said that they did not even know that donations they received came from Epstein.
His $ 50,000 at the University of Arizona to pay for a science conference came from a charity he operated, Gratitude America.
School officials said they were unaware of his ties with the charity at the time.
Over the years, Epstein has built a reputation as a & # 39; science philanthropist & # 39; by funding research for leaders in biology, mathematics, physics and artificial intelligence.
He repeatedly bragged about providing funding to MIT, including for a Media Lab project that taught programming to toddlers.
University officials claim that Epstein never financed that company, but did not disclose which projects he contributed to.
Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 for applying for a minor for prostitution in Florida under a deal requiring him to be sentenced to 13 months in jail and to register as a sex offender. He denied the charges against him at the time of his death.
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