I saw an article in The Nation Magazine by Katha Pollitt titled Jeffrey Epstein’s Science of Sleaze where she is shocked that scientists like Stephen Hawking, Oliver Sacks, and Lawrence Krauss would associate themselves with such a creep. For me the answer is simple, with the shrinking funds for scientific research, scientists almost have to throw themselves at rich people like Epstein for research funds.
Epstein used the scientists much like he used those girls. The girls satisfied his sexual fantasies while the scientists gave him a veneer of respectability to distract from his crimes. He lured the girls with promises of fame while he lured the scientists with promises of money and fame. He put them together in his eugenic fantasies that he would save the human race.
Epstein never had a college degree but was able to schmooze his way to a teaching position at the prestigious Dalton Academy in New York in mathematics. He later schmoozed his way to work on Wall Street and became a wealthy financier. His 'friends' also included Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
Stephen Hawking and Oliver Sacks are in my online poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time. While I am disappointed in them for associating themselves with him I will not take them off the list. I'm sure you can find things unsavory about other authors on the list but it is important to separate the men and women from their works.