MIT media lab director resigns amid Jeffrey Epstein donations scandal

By Chris Perez

September 7, 2019

-New York Post

The director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned on Saturday after it was revealed that he had been secretly accepting donations from Jeffrey Epstein.

“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” wrote Director Joichi Ito in an email to the provost of MIT. Martin A. Schmidt.

The school sent out a letter to “the MIT community” announcing the move — which comes just one day after The New Yorker outlined the Epstein connection in an article written by Ronan Farrow.

“Last night, The New Yorker published an article that contains deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein,” said MIT President Rafael Reif. “Because the accusations in the story are extremely serious, they demand an immediate, thorough and independent investigation. This morning, I asked MIT’s General Counsel to engage a prominent law firm to design and conduct this process. I expect the firm to conduct this review as swiftly as possible, and to report back to me and to the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation, MIT’s governing board.