Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein reportedly spoke to multiple people about a plan to spread his DNA across the human race by impregnating numerous women at a time.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Epstein aimed to have as many as 20 women impregnated with his children at the same time, though there is no evidence such a plan ever became realized.
The financier, who was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008, spoke to multiple scientists and businessmen of his dream to use his New Mexico ranch for the insemination, the Times reported, citing multiple sources. The newspaper reported that such plans dated back to the early 2000s.
The Times reported that Epstein was long fascinated by transhumanism — a scientific concept aimed at improving the human race through methods such as genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.
Using his business and political connections, Epstein spoke to high-profile and Nobel Prize-winning scientists and others about his plans, but no evidence suggests it was ever achieved, the Times reported, citing four sources familiar with his thinking.
Epstein was also interested in cryogenics, an unproven science involving freezing human bodies to later bring them back to life, saying he wanted his head and penis to be frozen, the newspaper reported, citing one unnamed source.
Lawyers for Epstein did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment for its story.
Epstein was arrested and charged earlier this month and is accused of sexually assaulting more than 30 girls as young as 14 years old. Prosecutors allege he arranged for underage girls to perform sex acts and some were paid to recruit other girls. He has pleaded not guilty.
Last week, Epstein was reportedly found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell with injuries to his neck. Reuters reported there were no visible injuries on Epstein at his Wednesday court appearance.