Yet another high-profile liberal icon spent time with Jeffrey Epstein.
Noam Chomsky, the famed linguistics intellectual and political activist, spent time with Epstein on multiple occasions, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, prompting outrage from critics.
Chomsky, 94, reportedly met with Epstein several times in 2015 and 2016, while he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The meetings reportedly happened long after Epstein had registered as a sex offender.
“First response is that it is none of your business,” Chomsky told the Journal in an email after being asked about his relationship with Epstein. “Or anyone’s. Second is that I knew him and we met occasionally.”
Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August, 2019 before the well-connected and wealthy financier could go on trial for his alleged decades of grooming and sexual abuse, including rape, of young girls in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In March, 2015, Epstein scheduled a meeting with several academics including Chomsky and Harvard University professor Martin Nowak. Chomsky said they met several times at Nowak’s research institute to discuss neuroscience, among other things.
About two months later, Epstein was scheduled to fly with Chomsky and his wife to have dinner with them as well as Woody Allen and his wife.
At at least one point in 2015, Chomsky was scheduled to fly with Epstein to dine at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.
Epstein was accused of sexually abusing underage girls at his New York townhouse, located on the Upper East Side. Epstein’s plane, derisively called the “Lolita Express” by some media outlets, was allegedly used to fly underage girls to Epstein’s different properties.
“If there was a flight, which I doubt, it would have been from Boston to New York, 30 minutes,” Chomsky said. “I’m unaware of the principle that requires that I inform you about an evening spent with a great artist.”
Chomsky said his conversations with Epstein involved politics and academics.
Chomsky also told the Journal that at the time he was spending time with Epstein, “what was known about Jeffrey Epstein was that he had been convicted of a crime and had served his sentence. According to U.S. laws and norms, that yields a clean slate.”
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