Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is an explosive and deeply disturbing four-part Netflix Original documentary, that spotlights a dark international web of underage sex trafficking. Billionaire playboy and financier Jeffrey Epstein operated his sick obsession in plain sight. In Filthy Rich we watch this wealthy predator cultivate links to extraordinarily powerful people including current and former presidents and a British prince. In 2019 Epstein was finally convicted of sex trafficking and associated crimes after similar charges ended in a widely-criticized plea deal.
Released this year but filmed before his death on August 10, Filthy Rich underscores the desperation of young girls, often from abusive homes with little recourse for feeding or housing themselves. We see how these girls succumb to the promise of a better life promised by Epstein and his socialite ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. These now young women remain traumatized by the assault and abuse dating back close to 30 years. Several survivors give harrowing and courageous accounts of depravity, aborted attempts to escape, and determination to move on. Epstein’s real-estate portfolio –New York, New Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, London– provided seclusion from the public eye. Epstein’s homes were not easily penetrated from the outside. But surveillance systems enabled video entrapment from the inside.
Several of the survivors display an incredible lack of awareness and common sense. They recruit their younger sisters and friends in a sex trafficking pyramid scheme involving payments for bringing in other minors. We witness a couple of particularly memorable survivors eventually realize and come to understand the immoral power of the rich, who arrogantly believe they can buy other human beings with impunity. And they did…for almost thirty years. And still do.
An outrageous plea bargain, together with powerful friends Epstein could blackmail, and corrupt law enforcement protected Epstein from serious criminal sentencing. The first trial in 2005 was half-heartedly undertaken by Florida U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta (who later became Secretary of Labor under Trump but resigned within days of Epstein’s arrest in July.)
The FBI is reportedly still investigating Ghislaine Maxwell who ‘facilitated’ Epstein’s depravity, but her current location remains unknown. Even after Epstein was found dead in prison, (purportedly from an apparent suicide), the investigation and prosecution continue. Prince Andrew, pictured alongside an underage girl and Epstein, has so far refused to appear as a witness before US federal prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against Epstein’s co-conspirators.
The attorney in charge, Geoffrey Berman, appears prominently in Filthy Rich, as do employees who worked for Epstein at his US Virgin Islands estate. Also highlighted are the Florida police and FBI officials who were both overruled for their pursuit of this pedophile. The courage of the women who came forward may, perhaps, not be stamped out this time.
Note: Available to stream now on Netflix.
See the Business Insider for a detailed description of Epstein’s playbook for sexual predation using offshore real estate and lavish accommodations to entice young girls to his mansions. Also CNN footage of survivors’ accounts.