Fact Check: Is Stephen Hawking’s ‘Proclivities’ Viral? Real or Fake?

A screenshot is currently circulating on social media, capturing a question-and-answer session from a court transcript. The transcript alleges that renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, was a frequent visitor to the controversial Epstein’s Island. The respondent in the transcript claims that Epstein had shared information about Hawking’s preferences. An Instagram post captioned with the screenshot states that Hawking enjoyed watching “undressed midgets solve complex equations” on a chalkboard that was placed too high. The transcript also includes a conversation between Jeffrey Epstein and Hawking, where Epstein invites Hawking to join him, mentioning the presence of naked midgets. The mention of Stephen Hawking in the Epstein files has sparked significant attention and discussion on social media platforms.

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The source of the viral photo that has been circulating is a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. On January 4, 2024, a user with the userID @drefanzor clarified that the photo is not real, but rather a meme.

Regarding Stephen Hawking’s alleged involvement in the Epstein Files, there is no credible evidence to support these claims. The court documents released on January 3, 2024, do mention Hawking’s name twice, but these documents originated from a lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell in 2015.

Furthermore, an email from 2015 between Maxwell and Epstein mentions Hawking’s alleged participation in an underage orgy. However, it is important to note that the late scientist was merely a guest at a conference sponsored by Epstein on the island, according to other documents.

The circulating photo and captions are fake and should not be taken seriously. It is crucial to verify information before believing and sharing it on social media.

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