The director of the media lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned Saturday as the school launched an independent investigation following explosive allegations involving Jeffrey Epstein.
The accusations allege Joi Ito and at least one other person made efforts to make sure Epstein’s name was not associated with donations he made or help solicit for the lab.
Internal communications and documents, first reported by the New Yorker, show Epstein was a key influence on incoming donations from major donors, including two-million dollars from bill gates.
Ito issued an apology back in august, saying he was aware the lab had received some donations from foundations controlled by Epstein.
He also vowed to raise money to support non-profits that focus on helping survivors of human trafficking.
MITS’ president released a statement Saturday announcing Ito’s resignation.