The controversial $30,000 donation made by Jeffrey Epstein to an embattled art school may have been found in taxation archives.
We have located a 2014 grant, described to charity authorities in New York as a “special stipend”, in the New York Academy of Art’s tax return archives.
Is this Jeffrey Epstein’s 2014 donation to The New York Academy of Art?
The money can be seen within the detail of the art school’s declaration to the charities regulator and the amount was divided three ways.
The academy last year acknowledged the donation from the dead sex offender.
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According to the￼ organisation’s lawyer, Jim Walden, the $30k was for student scholarships, and NYAA recently decided an equal amount to a charity that assists survivors of sexual abuse.”￼
Tainted money and tainted donations are matters of controversy in the non profit world. Was Epstein trying to whitewash his criminal record through this support?
Epstein survivor Maria Farmer said she believed the academy and her then-Dean Eileen Guggenheim enabled Maxwell and Epstein in their abuse of her and her sister, Annie.
The academy last month issued a report from its lawyers which cleared it & Guggenheim of wrongdoing but it was criticised for victim-shaming. In July, it upped its ante against Annie and Maria Farmer, who accused them of attempting to “curry favor” with Maxwell and Epstein for years.
“Since Epstein’s arrest nearly one 12 months in the past, now we have watched as different establishments with ties to Epstein have engaged in vital self-examination to do an accounting of how their organizations benefited from the predator he was,” Annie stated.
“In sharp distinction, the Academy has gone right into a bunker and sought to guard itself slightly than exploring the necessary questions and points to guard their college students shifting ahead … The Academy is retreating to the drained and insupportable act of sufferer blaming, and it’s flawed at many ranges.”