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MIT Media Lab director resigns after allegedly covering up Jeffrey Epstein donations



Joichi Ito has stepped down as director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab after The New Yorker magazine claimed he made efforts to hide donations from American businessman and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Ito's resignation from the research laboratory on 7 September came one day after the magazine reported that he had tried to hide the extent of the relationship between MIT Media lab and Epstein.
The story claims Ito and other staff at MIT Media Lab used a number of measures to veil donations from Epstein after he was officially "disqualified" from the school's donation database, following his conviction as a sex offender.
These include filing donations from Epstein as anonymous, referring to the businessman using only his initials, and listing his visits in the calendar under "VIP guest". MIT Media Lab starts independent investigation following allegations
The university's president L Rafael Reif released a statement called Fact-finding and action on the Media Lab on the same day as Ito's resignation, announcing that the university was enlisting a prominent law firm to undertake an investigation following the allegations.
"The New Yorker published an article that contains deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein," said Reif. "Because the accusations in the story are extremely serious, they demand an immediate, thorough and independent investigation....
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