The documents in the possession by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted of pedophilia, show that he had contact with a former Israeli Prime Minister, a former Treasury Secretary, and other high-powered financial figures, including Woody Allen.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the documents showed Epstein’s meetings with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud barak, billionaire LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Apollo Global Management cofounder Leon Black, among others.
According to reports, the thousands of pages that detail Epstein’s schedules and emails were from 2013 to 2017. This period encompasses an extended period of time after Epstein had been jailed for solicitation in 2008 following his guilty plea to charges including soliciting minors.
The Journal stated that it could not prove whether all of the meetings were held or for what purpose, but the majority who spoke with reporters said they met Epstein to receive donations or make connections.
Summers, the former treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, from 1999 to 2001 sought Epstein’s advice in April 2014 to help him raise $1 million to fund an online poetry project that his wife Elisa, a Harvard American Literature professor, was working.
According to The Journal, the two met again for dinner, even though Harvard University had stopped accepting Epstein’s donations. According to tax records obtained by the outlet, an Epstein-linked charity donated $110,000 in 2016 to New’s poetry non-profit.
A spokesperson for the couple said to the Journal that Summers regrets having been in contact with Epstein following his conviction, and that his nonprofit “regrets receiving funding from Epstein.” The Journal also reported that the organization made a “donation exceeding the amount received” to a group that works against sex-trafficking. Fox News Digital did not receive a response from Summers or New.
According to the outlet, Epstein’s Caribbean Island Little St. James was visited by Hoffman in 2014. He also planned to stay at Hoffman’s New York City townhouse. Hoffman tried to raise money with Joi Ito who was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the time.
Ito said that Reid attended a number of fundraising events on my behalf, including a trip to Little St. James after I had confirmed to Reid, in accordance with the university’s rules and regulations, that Mr. Epstein was an approved donor for MIT.
Ito apologized to Epstein for accepting his money in 2019 and resigned as a director at MIT Media Lab. The school donated $850,000 in the following years to charities that help sexual abuse survivors.
Hoffman apologized in an email sent to the Journal for the meeting.
He wrote: “It makes me angry that I delayed justice by granting my association to him and helped his reputation.” “I made a mistake by relying on MIT’s endorsement. I regret my misjudgment.” Hoffman has been contacted by Fox News Digital for more information.
According to the outlet’s report, Epstein invited Allen to his New York City home for dinner parties almost every month between 2014 and 2015. They were neighbors. Allen’s spokesperson told the outlet that Allen never met Epstein for business and that dinner parties were always attended by other guests.
Documents also showed that former Israeli Prime Minister Barak flew on Epstein’s private jet dozens of times and visited his mansions.
Barak, the outlet’s editor, said that “in retrospect, [Epstein] appears to be a terrible, twisted version of Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde. But at the time, he seemed like a person who was intelligent, well-connected socially, and had diversified interests, from geopolitics to science.”
The former Israeli Prime Minister said, “I only flew on his plane twice with my wife and Israeli Security Detail.” “I have never been to a party, or participated in an inappropriate event with [Epstein] or met him in an improper context. I’ve never seen him with girls, minors or adult women.”
Other names in the newly disclosed trove of Epstein scheduled meetings include philanthropy advisor Barnaby Marshall, hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, his wife, and Norwegian diplomat Terje rod-Larsen. All of them have disassociated themselves from Epstein. Apollo Global Management cofounder Black declined comment to the outlet.
Epstein’s documents were revealed in a Wall Street Journal article that detailed his correspondence with figures such as William Burns, the current CIA director, Bard College president Leon Botstein and Kathryn Ruemmler, Obama White House Counsel.
Epstein, who was awaiting trial for sex-trafficking charges in New York City in 2019, was found dead inside his jail cell.