Billionaire software mogul Bill Gates gave a cryptic answer to a question about the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein during a recent interview, according to Breitbart News.
During Wednesday’s edition of PBS’s “NewsHour,” the Microsoft founder was questioned as to what lessons he had learned from Epstein after a recent admonition it was a “mistake” to meet him the late polarizing figure.
“You had a number of meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, who — when you met him 10 years ago — he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from minors,” Anchor Judy Woodruff said.
“What did you know about him when you were meeting with him, as you’ve said yourself, in the hopes of raising money?”
Gates replied, confirming his contact and indicated he’s sorry he had any at all: “You know, I had dinners with him. I regret doing that. He had relationships with people he said would give to global health, which is an interest I have,” Gates said. “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. You know, that goes back a long time ago now. So there’s nothing new on that.”
Woodruff pushed further about what Gates knew about the man he was meeting saying, “It was reported that you continued to meet with him over several years and, in other words, a number of meetings. What did you do when you found out about his background?”
Gates dodged the specific question saying,“I said I regretted having those dinners, and there’s nothing, absolutely nothing new on that.”
When asked by his interviewer whether there was a lesson for you, for anyone else looking at this” Gates said cryptically:
Gates said, “Well, he’s dead, so. 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.”