Saturday 21 September 2019

Harvard received more than £7 million in donations from Jeffrey Epstein

The university said £150,000 of unspent donations would be given to support groups.

Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while in custody (AP)
Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while in custody (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A prestigious US university is reviewing more than £7 million in donations from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and will donate all unspent funding to victims of sexual crimes.

Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow said Epstein’s connections to Harvard and other colleges raise “important concerns”.

Mr Bacow said Harvard received nearly nine million dollars (£7.3 million) from Epstein between 1998 and 2007 but rejected a gift after Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida.

Most of Epstein’s donations have been spent, but a remaining 186,000 dollars (£150,000) will be given to groups benefiting victims of sexual crimes, he added.

The review was ordered two weeks ago but was announced on Thursday.

Epstein killed himself in jail in August while awaiting trial for federal sex-trafficking charges.

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