Billionaire vaccine and eugenics enthusiast Bill Gates once again attempted to downplay his association with deceased child sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein.
During an interview with Australia’s ABC 7.30 Monday, Gates was asked yet again why he continued to associate with Epstein even after the hedge fund billionaire was convicted of child prostitution.
“Do you regret the relationship that you maintained with him against Melinda’s advice and wishes?” Gates was asked by host Sarah Ferguson.
“I shouldn’t have had dinners with him.” – @billgates on his association with Jeffrey Epstein #abc730 pic.twitter.com/xdqHjyVv3U
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The ABC 7.30 host’s reference to “Melinda” referred to comments made by Gates’ ex-wife Melinda Gates last year where she confessed, “I did not like that [Bill] had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made that clear to him.”
“You’re going way back in time, but yeah I will say it for the over 100th time, yeah, I shouldn’t have had dinners with him,” the Microsoft co-founder responded, referring to various fundraising dinners he’d attended held by Epstein.
“Epstein had a way of sexually compromising” people,” Ferguson continued, adding, “Is that what Melinda was warning you about?”
“No, I mean, no, I had dinner with him and that’s all,” Gates stammered.
“There never was any relationship of any kind,” he added when asked if the Gates Foundation had ties to Epstein.
The interview comes as Gates was also grilled back in 2021 on his Epstein association by PBS News Hour’s Judy Woodruff, where he claimed he only met with him for the money.
“What did you know about him when you were meeting with him, as you said yourself, in the hopes of raising money?” Woodruff asked.
“You know, I had dinners with him. I regret doing that,” Gates responded. “He had relationships with people he said, you know, would give to global health, which is an interest I have. You know, 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,” Gates added.
“You know, I’ve said I regretted having those dinners,” Gates told Woodruff. “And there’s nothing – absolutely nothing new on that.”
It remains to be seen whether Gates, or anyone for that matter, will be held accountable for soliciting services from Epstein, whose clientele list was supposedly flush with rich and famous influential figures.