Jeffrey Epstein, a rich philantropist and a generous sponsor of sciences, was
I think that these stories always share the same background. The kids and others who have had some kind of contact with various billionaires almost always think of possible ways to get a lot of money from their partners. The billionaire always thinks that every single act is consensual and supported by mutual feelings and permanent confidentiality - except that the non-billionaire frequently reveals that everything has been a theater. Another step in this play is to "improve" the story and file a lawsuit.
In 2003, Epstein has donated $30 million to Harvard and some voices have suggested that Harvard should return the money. I think that it is absurd, especially because of $390 million of donations that Harvard recently lost because of a politically "correct" witch-hunt.
Epstein has also paid a smaller amount of money to the Indian string theorists and I hope that no one will have the idea to return this money. I am convinced that science has very good reasons to be grateful to this man. At any rate, I wish Alan M. Dershowitz - a star lawyer who became Epstein's attorney - a lot of good luck in demonstrating something that is very likely anyway: that the girls' testimonies are not credible.
Because there has been some confusion, let me make it clear that I am absolutely supporting important laws protecting children from sex and from other activities for which the children are not ready. On the other hand, I am absolutely certain that there is no qualitative gap between children and the adult people. In certain cases, children may be much more mature than what is expected from their age. Also, in many cases, children should be responsible for their acts even though it is not the case according to the existing law. It is my belief that Epstein's story is an example of young women who are no longer naive. The girls liked obscene language and at least one of them enjoyed marijuana. Their job was closely related to selling sex for money. I guess that they knew extremely well what they were doing. They could have also pretended that they were older and do other things that helped their case.