Fellow scientist addresses Stephen Hawking rumors: ‘Not the kind of man who would be a part of an orgy’

A colleague came to the defense of the surprising scientist and pop culture phenomenon named in the unsealed Jeffrey Epstein documents alleged to have participated in “an underage orgy.”

“He was not the kind of man who would be a part of an orgy.”

Like Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla, the layman’s inability to articulate the scientific accomplishments of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has not impeded the celebration of his genius. However, nearly six years after his death, his naming in documents ordered unsealed related to Virginia Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against sex offender Jeffrey Epstein gave rise to an ardent defense.

“He never mentioned, when we worked together, Epstein or any such things,” Laura Mersini-Houghton, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor, cosmologist, and theoretical physicist told the New York Post.

“Stephen was a very honorable man…He was not the kind of man who would be a part of an orgy,” she added of the man who suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, widely referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hawking was named twice in the initial series of documents released Wednesday, chiefly in a shoddily composed email from Epstein to former girlfriend and associate Ghislaine Maxwell sent in 2015 that read, “You can issue a reward to any of virginias friends acquaionts family that come forward and help prove her allegations are false. The strongest is the clinton dinner, and the new version in the virgin islands that stven hawking partica-ted in an underage orgy [sic].”

The mind behind “A Brief History of Time” and other works had been photographed in 2006 as he attended a Caribbean conference with other renowned scientists funded by Epstein on nearby St. Thomas island that included a barbecue on the financier’s own Little St. James island.

Like much of the news that had come from the unsealed documents, the connection between the sex offender and the ALS-suffering scientist was not the first time that he had been named in the association.

In 2019, The New York Times had reported on efforts by the conductor of the “Lolita Express” to rub shoulders with elites that included, “Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate.”

The report detailed an alleged dream of Epstein’s to “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.”

Worth noting alongside Mersini-Houghton’s defense of Hawking was the reality that he had divorced Jane Wilde, his wife of thirty years and the mother of his three children, in 1995 after he had fallen in love with one of his nurses, Elaine Mason. His second marriage also came to an end in divorce little more than a decade later.

As it happened, reports of the wheelchair-bound scientist’s connection to Epstein came as comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special “The Dreamer” was released with a conveniently timed joke in a similar vein.

While much attention was paid to his latest joke at the expense of transgenderists, the standup star raised allegations against Capitol Hill culture that had been brought by former North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R).

“Now, I don’t doubt that they do this kind of sh*t in Washington,” Chappelle said of claims from Cawthorn that he had been invited to sex and drug parties, “but I doubt he’s seen it with his own eyes. Because who the f*ck invites a paraplegic to an orgy? So this n*gga can roll around and snitch on everybody?”

Kevin Haggerty

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