MIT accepted $ 1.7 million in donations directly from Jeffrey Epstein, nearly $ 1 million more than the $ 800,000 they publicly apologized for taking the pedophile.
According to emails received by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker, the College's Media Lab continued to accept Epstein's money, despite being removed from his donor list.
In total, he personally donated $ 1.7 million to the school and provided funding to his well-to-do friends, which was $ 7 million.
The school apologized last month for taking $ 800,000 from him in the last 20 years and promised to donate that amount to charity for victims of sexual violence.
On Wednesday Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, admitted that he had taken over more money from the financier during a meeting. He is now faced with calls to resign.
Farrow discovered emails between him and Epstein in 2014, asking Epstein directly for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
& # 39; In an email on September 9, 2014, Ito wrote to him: & # 39; Hello Jeffrey, we still have some money left on the bill for (edited) but have to extend his contract / agreement with MIT. It will be a year in November.
& # 39; Could you upgrade / supplement again with another $ 100K so that I can extend his contract for another year? Joi & # 39;
Epstein replied: & # 39; Yes & # 39 ;.
Joi had written to colleagues & # 39; s five days earlier: & # 39; Make sure this is accounted for anonymously. & # 39;
On September 14, after Epstein agreed to pay the $ 100,000, Peter Cohen, the M.I.T. Media Lab Development and Strategy Director said: & Jeffrey money must be anonymous. Thank you. & # 39;
Rafael Reif said MIT apologized for raising the reputation of the late Jeffrey Epstein, (photo), by taking donations from the disgraceful financier
He also learned that the staff referred to Epstein as & # 39; Voldemort & # 39; or & # 39; he who should not be named & # 39 ;.
The money was masked and sometimes credited to an anonymous donor.
At the time, Epstein had already been convicted and spent time in prison asking for sex.
MIT is now investigating the & # 39; facts & # 39; around the admission of Ito.
When the school admitted in August that it had taken the $ 800,000 for which it originally apologized, MIT President Rafael Reif said in an open letter: & I offer an in-depth offer to Jeffrey Epstein victims on behalf of the MIT Board and humble apology.
& # 39; In retrospect, we acknowledge with shame and sadness that we have allowed MIT to contribute to the enhancement of its reputation, which in turn served to distract from his atrocious acts. No apology can undo that. & # 39;
& # 39; In response, we will commit an amount equal to the money that MIT has received from an Epstein foundation for a charity that benefits its victims or other victims of sexual abuse & # 39 ;, Reif wrote.
Reif said he asked Provost Marty Schmidt to convene a group to investigate the circumstances of the Epstein donations, investigate existing processes, and identify possible lessons for the future.
Both Lloyd, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and Media Lab director Joi Ito have posted online apologies for accepting donations from foundations controlled by Epstein.
Lloyd said he had received a grant from the Epstein Foundation to support his research and said he had visited Epstein while serving a 13-month jail sentence in Florida.
Epstein was convicted in Florida after he was found guilty in 2008 of the charges of prostitution of a minor.
& # 39; I believed at the time that I was doing a good deed. Mr. Epstein expressed regret for his actions and assured me that he would not insult again, & said Lloyd in his apology, addressing the victims of Epstein.
Rafael Reif said the funds went to MIT Media Lab, (photo), or professor Seth Lloyd for a total of $ 800,000
Lloyd said he & # 39; has dedicated financial resources to help you and other survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking and will work diligently to make your voice heard & # 39 ;.
Ito said in an apology on the lab's website on August 15 that he would raise an amount equal to the donations the lab received from foundations controlled by Epstein and & # 39; those funds directed to non-profit targeting on supporting survivors of human trafficking & # 39 ;.
The assessment of MIT and the latest apologies came after two Media Lab researchers publicly resigned.
One of them, Ethan Zuckerman, said in a message on Medium on Tuesday that he would stop as director of the MIT Center for Civic Media.
He said that he had made the decision because he believed that handling the laboratory with Epstein compromised its values.
& # 39; I'm ashamed of my institution today and start working hard to figure out how to leave the lab while taking care of my students and staff, & # 39; Zuckerman wrote in a statement by The Boston Globe.
Ethan Zuckerman, a senior member of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, resigns over the links of the research center to Jeffrey Epstein
& # 39; I no longer feel that I can continue to work on issues of social justice under the flag of the Media Lab. & # 39;
Zuckerman was one of the main organizers of Media Lab's annual Disobedience Award, a $ 250,000 prize that recognizes individuals and groups engaged in responsible, ethical disobedience focused on challenging standards, rules or laws that support injustice of society & # 39 ;.
Last year the prize was awarded to activists behind the # MeToo campaign against sexual harassment and assault.
In a note to previous prize recipients, Zuckerman said he destroyed & # 39; was about his decision.
& # 39; I felt obliged to be one of the organizers of the prize to express my dismay at Joi's & # 39; s disclosures and to explain some of the actions I am taking as a result of those disclosures, & # 39; he wrote.
Zuckerman added that he believes Ito wants to make it up and said the couple has been in contact last week.
Although Epstein's relationship with the laboratory predates the appointment of Ito, Ito acknowledged in his function that the two were visiting each other and that he also accepted Epstein as financial support for his private investments.
Zuckerman's announcement was quickly followed by a new resignation on Wednesday.
J. Nathan Mathias, guest researcher at the Center for Civic Media, announced that he would also leave the lab at the end of the year.
He wrote further Medium: & # 39; The MIT Media Lab is a community of creative people who have helped me grow into the person I want to be in the world.
& # 39; I am in tears writing this. I hope, just like Ethan, that the Media Lab and the Lab community can turn this terrible situation into a chance to become a better place. & # 39;
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