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The museum takes a position of gratitude and respect to those who support us, but on occasion, we feel it’s necessary to step away from gifts that are not in the public interest, or in our institution’s interest. [. . .] That is what we’re doing here. [. . .] We would only not accept gifts from people if it in some way challenges or is counter to the core mission of the institution, in exceptional cases. [. . .] The OxyContin crisis in this country is a legitimate and full-blown crisis.
while the allegations against our family are false and unfair, we understand that accepting gifts at this time would put the Met in a difficult position. [. . .] We respect the Met and that is the last thing we would want to do.