This week, the law firm That was commissioned by MIT released a report (PDF) that revealed the close ties between the school’s faculty and the controversial billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, who is suspected of sex trafficking and conspiracy, committed suicide in prison last August.
According to the survey, Epstein donated a total of $850,000 to MIT 10 times between 2002 and 2017, of which $750,000 was donated to the media lab after his conviction in 2008, $525,000 was donated to the media lab, and $225,000 was given to well-known quantum scientists. Professor Seth Lloyd. Professor Lloyd is currently on administrative leave.
According to the report, Professor Lloyd was introduced to Epstein by his bookbroker at a dinner in 2004 and the two remained friends after Epstein’s conviction in 2008, and that Professor Lloyd had been to Epstein’s private island for a luncheon and had thanked Epstein in his academic work.
Professor Lloyd claims that he received $60,000 in personal “gifts” from Epstein in 2005 or 2006 to fund his research, which he did not report to MIT and transferred the money to his personal bank account. Since 2008, he has received three donations totalling $225,000 from Epstein.