Report: M.I.T Media Lab Director Resigns Following Epstein Scandal

MIT Media Lab Director Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito. (Getty Images)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The director of M.I.T's Media Lab has resigned after it was revealed last month that he had taken donations from financier and accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The New York Times reports that Joichi Ito resigned on Saturday. This comes just a day after The New Yorker reported that the research center had continued to accept donations from Epstein despite M.I.T listing him as "disqualified."

According to The New Yorker, Epstein was much more heavily involved with the Media Lab regarding funding than the research center had "previously acknowledged," and "attempted to conceal the extent of its contacts with him."

Ito and Media Lab Director of Development and Strategy Peter Cohen wrote in emails in 2014 to make sure that money taken from Epstein got "accounted for as anonymous."

Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell last month, was a convicted for a sex charge involving a minor in 2008. He was arrested in July on sex trafficking charges.

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