TV REVIEW: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – Limited Series

By now we have all heard of Jeffrey Epstein, a man who sprung to notoriety when the victims of his predatory behaviour began to speak out and implicate several extremely well known men. His highest profile associate being Prince Andrew, a member of the British royal family. Following his arrest he appeared to commit suicide, taking a wealth of disturbing information to the grave. Recently his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested by the FBI for her part in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, the question stands now as to how long before she is silenced.

This documentary looks into Epstein and his victims.

It’s rare for me to watch a documentary and feel physically sick but this series was one of the most stomach churning things I have ever watched and a most unpleasant reminder that money can buy you almost anything.

As Epstein’s victims share their stories, what is truly disturbing is how he used the girls’ vulnerabilities to groom them. He purposefully recruited girls with unstable home situations and low socioeconomic status, who lived in dangerous neighbourhoods. He then used those girls to lure in their friends, creating almost a pyramid scheme of abuse and turning his victims into perpetrators.

Equally disturbing is the way that Epstein used his wealth, power and connections to silence anyone who spoke out against him. Not only was he able to use money to influence investigations, court cases and sentencing, he clearly had enough dirt on very high profile people to use this as a bargaining chip. It is fairly obvious this is the reason he died before he stood trial.

Hearing the stories of Epstein’s victims and how their lives were impacted, both through their own trauma and through the guilt they feel for the trauma they caused others, is very impactful. What’s missing to some extent is how wide Epstein’s circle of influence truly spread as well as any insight into his relationship with Maxwell or his associates. This means it doesn’t hit quite as hard as it could have. I fear that if the truth ever does fully come out it will be almost too much to bear.

3.5/5

4 Comments

  1. I watched this awhile ago and I found it disturbing and interesting. I feel like this documentary was more of a platform for the victims to tell their stories though (as they didn’t get their day in court) as it didn’t go into more details on certain relationships and his reach of influence, as you say. But good grief, horrendous all round!

    1. Disturbing and interesting is definitely a good description. It was absolutely horrible from the victim’s perspective. I don’t think I even want to know how deep it does.

  2. Is this on Netflix, Abbi? I have followed the events with some interest, mainly because I was convinced that the naming of Prince Andrew would get him killed. I am now waiting to see how much longer Andrew will blatantly refuse to testify in an American court, claiming some kind of non-existent royal family privilege that I had never heard of. I looked it up, and it is called ‘Sovereign Immunity’. But as far as I can tell, it only applies to the King or Queen.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Sorry for such a late reply. It’s been a bit mad here. Yes, it is available on Netflix. It’s bonkers that Sovereign Immunity should even be a thing in the modern world. If you have been accused of a crime you should have to stand trial and if you’ve committed that crime then you should have to bear the consequences.

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