September 20, 2023

Jeffrey Epstein was invited to editorial meetings with Scientific American’s top editor, email records show

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  • Jeffrey Epstein was invited to editorial meetings at Scientific American.

  • Email records show that he had two meetings with the magazine in September 2014.

  • Mariette DiChristina, the magazine’s editor-in-chief at the time, told Insider he was not attending.

Jeffrey Epstein was invited to editorial meetings with Mariette DiChristina when she was the editor-in-chief of Scientific American magazine, according to scheduling emails obtained by Insider.

The emails between Epstein and one of his associates, Lesley Groff, show her arranging the now-deceased pedophile financier’s schedule for the month of September 2014. Epstein had the opportunity to attend editorial meetings on September 22 and 29.

“10:30-11:30 a.m. Mariette DiChristina to hold her editorial meeting to discuss story ideas (WANT TO PARTICIPATE? She will be at this meeting),” Groff wrote in one such email.

DiChristina, now the dean of the College of Communication at Boston University, told Insider in an email that Epstein “never attended an editorial meeting at Scientific American.”

She said Epstein was interested in learning how the journal identified scientific research for potential coverage, assuming he could use the same strategies to discover new research for funding.

“During my tenure at Scientific American, it was not unusual for educators, students, investors, policy leaders, editors and publishers, and others to take an interest in the journal’s editorial process, and we received visitors from time to time,” she said.

A Scientific American representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The emails between Groff and Epstein show different versions of his schedule for the month of September 2014.

Some versions of his September 22, 2014 schedule show a busy day after the 10:30 a.m. editorial meeting, including a lunch afterwards with then Harvard University Psychology Department Chair Stephen Kosslyn talking with former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers in the afternoon, and watch the Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer” in the evening.

At various times, Epstein would be at his home in New York, Paris or his private island of Little Saint James in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the day of the Sept. 29 editorial meeting, also scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

At 11:30 that day, he was scheduled to attend a luncheon in front of the Dubin Breast Center at the Tisch Cancer Institute in Midtown Manhattan, which had been founded by his close friend Eva Andersson-Dubin. Epstein bought 50 seats at lunchtime, according to Groff’s emails.

Insider obtained the emails about the schedule through a request for information to the Office of the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands. The firm settled a sex trafficking civil suit with Epstein’s estate in December and is currently embroiled in a separate lawsuit, set in Manhattan federal court, against JP Morgan Chase over the bank’s ties to Epstein.

Epstein died in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on criminal charges of trafficking girls for sex. His victims and other witnesses at the trial of Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell often referred to Groff as a woman who arranged flights to his residences for women he raped, as well as appointments between them in Epstein’s “massage” rooms. In a 2005 New York Times story about personal assistants, Groff described himself as an extension of Epstein’s brain.

After a jury convicted Maxwell of trafficking girls to Epstein for sex, Groff’s lawyers told Insider in December 2021 that prosecutors said they would not press charges against her. Groff declined to comment on this story through an attorney.

Epstein’s connection to Scientific American shows his deep ties to science and technology research when he was alive. DiChristina led the magazine as editor-in-chief for ten years before moving to her current position at Boston University in August 2019, the same month Epstein died.

After Epstein’s death, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology both conducted internal investigations into his donations and ties to professors at the universities.

Epstein sought meetings with technology entrepreneurs and high-profile research scientists.

He told associates that he wanted to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women, a plan that seemed consistent with his transhumanist philosophy.

This story has been updated with additional comments from DiChristina.

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