NEW YORK – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Saturday that Joichi Ito has resigned as director of the MIT Media Lab amid concern over his financial ties with disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Ito, a Japanese national, had been under pressure to step down following revelations of financial assistance from Epstein, who committed suicide in New York prison last month amid allegations that he ran a sex trafficking ring. According to The New York Times, Ito received $525,000 from Epstein for the lab and $1.2 million for his own investment funds. In a statement issued on Aug. 15, Ito apologized for his ties with Epstein. While acknowledging receipt of financial aid from Epstein, Ito said, "I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of."
Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for August 28 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. A British actress publicly identified herself as a victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for the first time in court Tuesday. Anouska De Georgiou appeared alongside 15 other women in a Manhattan court to implore U.S. District Judge Richard Berman and prosecutors to go after those who allegedly conspired and enabled Epstein's crimes. De Georgiou, who starred alongside Jude Law in the 2004 film "Alfie," claims she was a teenager when she was introduced to the late billionaire.
LONDON – Britain's Prince Andrew on Saturday insisted that "at no stage" during his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein did he "witness … any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest." The prince, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, is under heavy fire over his relationship with the disgraced U.S. financier, and admitted in a statement Saturday that "it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010." "At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction." Epstein was found dead in his cell earlier this month, and the prince was once more drawn into the story after a video was released purporting to show him at the criminal's home in 2010. Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18 and served 13 months in prison before being released on probation.
NEW YORK – The retail titan behind Victoria's Secret says the financier Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated "vast sums" of his fortune while managing his personal finances. Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday that he recovered "some of the funds" but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida. The letter was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Epstein managed Wexner's wealth for years. It was through Wexner that Epstein acquired his seven-story Manhattan mansion near Central Park.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announces he will be stepping down in one week over his past involvement in a plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein; Kevin Corke reports from the White House. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been under fire in recent days for his involvement in a secret 2008 plea deal for wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently hit with new charges for alleged sex trafficking crimes. Acosta said he would resign from the Cabinet position he held since 2017 just days after Epstein's indictment. A handful of lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had demanded Acosta to resign before he officially made the announcement on July 12. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice.