No one seems to know that much about Epstein’s occupation, but there’s little doubt about the ways he liked to spend his time. “I only have two interests,” he once told a longtime friend and former academic. “Science and pussy.”…

His pursuits of sex and science weren’t merely carried out in parallel but all at once and often in full view. When Epstein convened 21 physicists on his private island for a 2006 meeting on gravity, for example, he “was always followed by a group of something like three or four young women,” one participant told the New York Times. That meeting’s organizer, the cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, remained friends with Epstein during and after his prison sentence. He told the Daily Beast in 2011 that, speaking “as a scientist,” there was no reason to believe that Epstein was committing crimes. “I always judge things on empirical evidence,” he said, “and he always has women ages 19 to 23 around him, but I’ve never seen anything else.”

Epstein’s former neighbor, the psychologist and computer scientist Roger Schank, describes another such event that he attended: a meeting of artificial-intelligence experts, organized by Marvin Minsky and held on Epstein’s island in April 2002. “Epstein walks into the conference with two girls on his arm,” said Schank. The scientists were holding their discussions in a small room, and as they talked, “[Epstein] was in the back, on a couch, hugging and kissing these girls.”