LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says he regrets interactions with Jeffrey Epstein
Added 09-13-19 01:18:01pm EST - “Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said he regretted meeting with Jeffrey Epstein following the late financier's first conviction for soliciting an underage prostitute ?" but that he di?” - Nypost.com
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Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said he regretted meeting with Jeffrey Epstein following the late financier’s first conviction for soliciting an underage prostitute — but that he did so because he trusted the opinion of a former MIT official who had ties to the disgraced money manager.
Hoffman had invited Epstein, along with former MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, to an August 2015 dinner in Palo Alto, California, where Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel were also in attendance, Axios reported.
He told the outlet he’d only invited Epstein because Ito — also a New York Times board member — had vouched for the convicted criminal and noted that he had successfully cleared MIT’s vetting process.
“Still, by agreeing to participate in any fundraising activity where Epstein was present, I helped to repair his reputation and perpetuate injustice,” he wrote in a statement emailed to Axios on Thursday. “For this, I am deeply regretful.”
Ito had previously claimed that MIT took only $800,000 from Epstein and his buddies over a 20-year period, when the number was really $7.5 million, according to The New Yorker.
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