Harvard University is reviewing greater than £7 million in donations from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and can donate all unspent funding from him to victims of sexual crimes, its president has introduced.
Lawrence Bacow mentioned Epstein’s connections to Harvard and different faculties increase “important concerns”.
Mr Bacow mentioned Harvard obtained practically $9 million (£7.three million) from Epstein between 1998 and 2007 however the Massachusetts establishment had rejected a donation from him after Epstein pleaded responsible in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida.
Most of his donations have been spent, however a remaining $186,000 (£150,000) might be given to teams serving to sex crime victims.
“Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes were repulsive and reprehensible,” Mr Bacow wrote in a message to previous and current Harvard college students.
“I profoundly regret Harvard’s past association with him.” The assessment was ordered two weeks in the past however was solely introduced final evening.
Epstein, 66, apparently dedicated suicide in jail on August 10 whereas he was ready to be tried on federal expenses of working a sex trafficking ring of under-age ladies, some as younger as 14.
He confronted sex trafficking accusations in Florida in 2007 however signed a deal that yr with prosecutors.
This controversial arrangment allowed him to keep away from federal expenses and plead responsible to lesser state
prostitution expenses, for which he spent 13 months behind bars.