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The coronavirus may have pushed the Jeffrey Epstein story off the front pages, but in recent weeks fresh reporting and a trickle of new allegations have kept the saga alive. In early May, a Harvard University report shed new light on the convicted sex offender’s relationship with the institution. More recently, two newly released projects unearthed new details about the deceased financier’s alleged sex-trafficking ring: a four-part Netflix documentary, Filthy Rich, and a book by reporters Alana Goodman and Daniel Harper, A Convenient Death. Here are the new details these projects have brought to light.

A few weeks after Epstein’s death in his jail cell in August 2019, which was ruled a suicide, Harvard said he had donated $9.2 million to the university, all before his 2008 sex-crimes conviction. University officials said the school’s general counsel and an outside law firm would perform a deeper review of the school’s 25-year relationship with Epstein. The result was a 27-page report released earlier this month.

The report describes how Epstein exploited his Harvard connections to rehabilitate his image post-conviction. Epstein had his own office at the school’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and visited over 40 times between 2010 — when he was first released from custody — and 2018. According to the Boston Globe, he was often accompanied on his visits by “young women who acted as his assistants.” (The practice sounded quite similar to his frequent check-ins at the M.I.T. Media Lab down the road in Cambridge, where an alumni coordinator recalled asking the assistants “on the off chance” if they weren’t there by choice.)

Just as Epstein’s connection to M.I.T. was based largely around one person — Media Lab director Joi Ito — much of his post-conviction relationship with Harvard appeared to revolve around the director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Martin Nowak. Prior to his arrest, around two-thirds of Epstein’s donations went to Nowak’s program. Following Epstein’s conviction, Nowak allowed him to use the program’s office to host dinners and meet with Harvard faculty and other political and academic connections. In an effort to help polish Epstein’s reputation, Nowak also built a page on the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics’ website detailing the financier’s contributions. Nowalk has been put on paid administrative leave as Harvard looks into whether “standards of professional conduct were violated and if additional steps must be taken.”

But Nowak wasn’t Epstein’s only contact at the university. In addition to his previously established connections to former Harvard president Larry Summers, psychologist Steven Pinker, and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, the report noted that “a number of the Harvard faculty members we interviewed also acknowledged that they visited Epstein at his homes in New York, Florida, New Mexico, or the Virgin Islands, visited him in jail or on work release, or traveled on one of his planes.” These faculty members told Harvard’s general counsel that “they undertook these off-campus activities primarily in their personal capacities rather than as representatives of Harvard.”

Steve Scully — the former IT contractor on Epstein’s private island, Little St. James — has previously offered some details about what went on there, but in the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich he makes a new allegation. Scully says that at some point during his employment from 1999 to 2005, President Bill Clinton visited Epstein on “Pedophile Island.”

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