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This time though it involves Jeffrey Epstein:
Ohio State said Tuesday that it’s launching a review of monetary contributions from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation.
The financier was arrested and charged with sex trafficking minors earlier in July. That arrest came after Epstein got a sweetheart plea deal for sex crimes against underage victims in 2008. The prosecutor in that 2008 case was Alex Acosta, the now-former Labor Secretary of the United States. Acosta resigned Friday amidst pushback against his handling of Epstein’s case over a decade ago.
In its statement, Ohio State said that Epstein had donated $1,000 to the Wexner Center for the Arts Membership Fund. It also said that his nonprofit, titled the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, had anonymously donated $2.5 million to the school in 2007. That money was pooled with $2.5 million from the Leslie H. Wexner Charitable Fund to name the Les Wexner Football Complex.
Columbus Business First reported the donation from the C.O.U.Q. fund earlier Tuesday.
“Epstein is a convicted sex offender whose crimes are reprehensible, and his association with these gifts to the university is concerning,” the school’s statement said. “Ohio State is conducting a complete review of the giving history to the university by Epstein and known associated entities and will take additional action as appropriate.”
Yikes. Obviously Ohio State probably didn’t know about all the baggage surrounding Jeffrey Epstein and I give zero blame to Ohio State here. The NCAA should do nothing. Ohio State should do nothing. It’s an unfortunate situation that they took money from the guy’s foundation who is a completely bad guy but when the donations were taken, Ohio State must have had zero idea.