Joichi “Joi” Ito, a tech evangelist who came to head the Media Lab in 2011, has been described as a “master networker” who connected equally effectively with both idealistic students and fatcat donors.
Epstein’s network of recruiters in dance studios was described in the lawsuits filed last month in US District Court in Manhattan by two women who say they were sexually exploited by Epstein, and in interviews with two dancers who had dealings with him in New York.
The urgency of the investigation into Epstein’s associates was underscored Tuesday when about two dozen women offered searing accounts of how he had sexually abused them before a packed courtroom in Manhattan.
Attorney General William Barr has promised the Justice Department he will pursue those who enabled Epstein to carry out the sexual assaults. Epstein was arrested July 6 when he arrived at a New Jersey airport on a private jet from Paris, where he sometimes resided.
Other women have come forward in recent years with more serious claims of rape and child abuse against Epstein, but the Farmer sisters’ reports — made 23 years ago — are the earliest known allegations about Epstein’s troubling physical contact with girls and young women.