Art School Scrambles to Repair Damage from Epstein Survivor Dirt File

The New York Academy of Art is scrambling from fallout about an attack file it issued on a sexual assault survivor after she exposed its links to dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

On its website, the academy said it created two new communication committees to “repair trust” between the academy, students and the community after the fallout from the report.

This development comes after it issued in June a report seen as victim-blaming the Epstein whistleblower, Maria Farmer.

The academy publicly apologised for the report but has not contacted Ms Farmer. She said it caused substantial distress while she was undergoing cancer treatment.

One section of the report blamed Ms Farmer for Epstein’s assault of her younger sister, Annie.

The art school has a long association with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

The report about Ms Farmer was widely criticised by alumni and students. They expressed horror, shame and outrage at the investigation and the apparent sexist language contained in the document.

The academy website now says says: “The Academy has recently launched two Committees to better serve its community. The Alumni-Student Communication (ASC) Committee works to foster open communication between Academy constituencies through collaboration and outreach.”

Four board of trustees directors resigned in July after the art school issued the report undertaken by the board of trustees chair’s own lawyers. The administrator, Eileen Guggenheim, has been the subject of complaints by Ms Farmer.

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