Bill Gates on Epstein Dinners: ‘I Regret Doing That’ (Video)
Microsoft founder says there are no lessons to learn from his interactions with Epstein since ”he’s dead“
Bill Gates addressed his recently-revealed ties to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff Tuesday night.
“I had dinners with him. I regret doing that,” the Microsoft founder said of his meetings with Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender.
Epstein was convicted of of procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute in 2008. Gates and Epstein met multiple times, starting in 2011. Woodruff asked Gates what he knew about Epstein when he sought to fundraise from him.
“He had relationships with people he said would give to global health, which is an interest I have. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction. Those meetings were a mistake. They didn’t result in what he purported and I cut them off.”
Woodruff continued to press Gates on what he did when he “found out about [Epstein’s] background.”
“I said I regretted having those dinners and there’s nothing — absolutely nothing — new on that,” Gates said.
The journalist asked if there is “a lesson” for Gates or anyone else looking at his dinners with Epstein, to which Gates replied, “Well, he’s dead, so…”
He elaborated: “You know, in general, you always have to be careful and, you know, I’m very proud of what we’ve done, very proud of the work of the foundation. That’s what I get up every day and focus on.”
Watch below, via PBS NewsHour.
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