One of the nation’s most prestigious Ivy League institutions had an extensive relationship with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, The Epoch Times reports.
A review conducted by Harvard attorneys as well as an outside law firm discovered that the institution admitted Epstein as a Visiting Fellow and even gave him his own office.
The title, which is usually reserved for independent researchers, was bestowed on Epstein by the university in 2005 even though he “lacked the academic qualifications Visiting Fellows typically possess and his application proposed a course of study [he] was unqualified to pursue,” the review stated.
The Epoch Times noted further:
Dr. Stephen Kosslyn, the chair of the Psychology Department at the time, recommended Epstein’s admission. Epstein donated $200,000 to support Kosslyn’s work between 1998 and 2002.
Epstein told the university in his application that he wanted to “study the reasons behind group behavior, such as ‘social prosthetic systems,’ and their relationship to a changing environment,” using a term invented by Kosslyn.
“That is, other people can act as ‘prosthetics’ insofar as they augment our cognitive abilities and help us to regulate our emotions—and thereby essentially serve as extensions of ourselves. I wish to understand how the brain both allows such relationships to develop and how those relationships in turn take advantage of key properties of the brain,” Epstein wrote.
The review noted that Epstein paid fees and tuition to become a Visiting Fellow, however he “did very little to pursue his course of study.” Harvard readmitted him for a second year after noting in his application that he wanted to “find a derivation of ‘power’ (Why does everybody want it?) in an ecological social system,” but he withdrew following a 2006 arrest.
Then, Epstein faced allegations he sexually molested dozens of underage girls. He pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting minors for prostitution in 2008, The Epoch Times notes.
Kossyln told the attorneys who conducted the review that Epstein was in no way qualified to conduct the research he said he wanted to pursue in his application(s). For one, he lacked the educational background because he didn’t even have a college degree, very odd for a Visiting Fellow.
Still, in his recommendation on behalf of Epstein. Kosslyn described the perv billionaire as “extraordinarily intelligent, broadly read, and very curious.”
“Jeffrey has been a spectacular success in business, and it is clear why: He’s not just intelligent and well-informed, he’s creative, deep, extraordinarily analytic, and capable of working extremely hard,” he added. (Related: Murder of Jeffrey Epstein is waking up Americans to conspiracy truth.)
But Epstein’s relationship with Harvard did not stop after his sex crime conviction. The institution gave him his own office and telephone in its Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which he helped to establish in 2003 with a donation of $6.5 million.
He is thought to have visited Harvard offices dozens of times between 2010 and 2018 after being released from prison.
“Epstein was routinely accompanied on these visits by young women, described as being in their 20s, who acted as his assistants,” the review noted.
Prosecutors said that many of the women who were often with Epstein were under legal age.
Epstein would provide Martin Andreas Nowak, a professor of biology and mathematics, the names of professors he wanted to meet with, and either Nowak or Epstein would invite them to meet with the billionaire at PED offices.
“Taken as a whole, the documents suggest that Epstein viewed the PED offices as available for his use whenever he wished to gather academics together to hear scholars talk about subjects Epstein found interesting,” said the review.
Nowak was placed on paid administrative leave May 1 after the review was released.
The review also recommended that Harvard implement better procedures for vetting potentially controversial donations.
“The report issued today describes principled decision-making but also reveals institutional and individual shortcomings that must be addressed—not only for the sake of the University but also in recognition of the courageous individuals who sought to bring Epstein to justice,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said.