Reid Hoffman, the billionaire founder of LinkedIn and Democratic mega-donor, who is financially backing E. Jean Carroll’s rape lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, has been revealed to have visited the private island of convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2014, according to a report from Just the News.
Hoffman, along with Joi Ito, a former MIT official, attended the Caribbean island, known as Little St. James, where Epstein and his associates allegedly trafficked minor girls.
Epstein was convicted in 2008 in Florida for soliciting a child for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute, but died in August 2019 while in a New York City jail, awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.
Hoffman has admitted to visiting Epstein’s island once, in the context of an MIT fundraising trip with Ito, and has since expressed regret for the visit.
“It gnaws at me that, by lending my association, I helped his reputation, and thus delayed justice for his survivors,” Hoffman said. “While I relied on MIT’s endorsement, ultimately I made the mistake.”
Ito, who extended the invitation to Hoffman, resigned from his position at MIT after Epstein’s 2019 arrest and has apologized for accepting funding from Epstein.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a document revealing other prominent figures who visited Epstein’s residence, including director Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn, as well as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
The Journal also indicated that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns had met with Epstein on multiple occasions.
Hoffman is known to fund the American Future Republic group, which has provided financial support to Carroll’s attorneys, Just the News notes.
Carroll stated in court last month that her attorneys are relying solely on contingency fees.