A sufferer of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein testified that she was pressured to have intercourse with MIT professor Marvin Minsky, as revealed in a newly unsealed deposition. Epstein was registered as a intercourse offender in 2008 as a part of a controversial plea deal. More just lately, he was arrested on charges of sex trafficking amid a flood of recent allegations.
Minsky, who died in 2016, was referred to as an affiliate of Epstein, however that is the primary direct accusation implicating the AI pioneer in Epstein’s broader intercourse trafficking community. The deposition additionally names Prince Andrew of Britain and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, among others.
The accusation in opposition to Minsky was made by Virginia Giuffre, who was deposed in May 2016 as a part of a broader defamation swimsuit between her and an Epstein associate named Ghislaine Maxwell. In the deposition, Giuffre says she was directed to have intercourse with Minsky when he visited Epstein’s compound within the US Virgin Islands.
As a part of the defamation swimsuit, Maxwell’s counsel denied the allegations, calling them “salacious and improper.” Representatives for Giuffre and Maxwell didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
A separate witness lent credence to Giuffre’s account, testifying that she and Minsky had taken a non-public airplane from Teterboro to Santa Fe and Palm Beach in March 2001. Epstein, Maxwell, chef Adam Perry Lang, and transport inheritor Henry Jarecki had been additionally passengers on the flight, in accordance with the deposition. At the time of the flight, Giuffre was 17; Minsky was 73.
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A pivotal member of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Marvin Minsky pioneered the primary era of self-training algorithms, establishing the idea of synthetic neural networks in his 1969 book Perceptrons. He additionally developed the primary head-mounted show, a precursor to fashionable VR and augmented actuality methods.
Minsky was one in every of numerous distinguished scientists with ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who usually called himself a “science philanthropist” and donated to analysis tasks and tutorial establishments. Many of these scientists had been affiliated with Harvard, together with physicist Lawrence Krauss, geneticist George Church, and cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker. Minsky’s affiliation with Epstein went significantly deep, together with organizing a two-day symposium on artificial intelligence at Epstein’s non-public island in 2002, as reported by Slate. In 2012, the Jeffrey Epstein Foundation issued a press launch touting another conference organized by Minsky on the island in December 2011.
That non-public island is alleged to have been the site of an immense intercourse trafficking ring. But Epstein associates have argued that these crimes weren’t obvious to Epstein’s social relations, regardless of the presence of younger ladies at lots of his gatherings.
“These people were seen not only by me,” Alan Dershowitz argued in a 2015 deposition. “They were seen by Larry Summers, they were seen by [George] Church, they were seen by Marvin Minsky, they were seen by some of the most eminent academics and scholars in the world.”
“There was no hint or suggestion of anything sexual or improper in the presence of these people,” Dershowitz continued.