'Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich' On Netflix Is Being Called 'Powerful' & 'Disturbing'
The documentary's director opened up about making the harrowing series.
Netflix is back with another true crime story! The most recent project to make its way onto the streaming service is a docuseries called Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. Throughout four episodes, viewers are introduced to survivors of Epstein over the years, as well as some of the late sex offender’s darkest secrets.
In the series, viewers are introduced to Epstein, an incredibly wealthy financier who was known as a “Gatsby-like figure of mystery” in the early 2000s, according to the trailer.
We’re also introduced to several women, who shared their heartbreaking stories of the sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Epstein and others that spanned decades.
The trailer also reveals that many of these women were underage at the time of their interactions with the controversial figure.
A review from the Radio Times calls the series “powerful”, but also says that it “only tells half the story”.
Epstein was known for having large amounts of money, but what’s not exactly clear is how he attained this wealth.
Radio Times reports that he “lied about his education to get top financial jobs” and ran in very prestigious circles with the likes of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew, among others.
“The series gives [the survivors] a much-needed voice, and their descriptions of the abuse, grooming and trafficking are harrowing but necessary to hear, as are their tales of trying to get justice for years before Epstein was finally arrested,” the review reads.
Like with many other docuseries,has raised as many questions as it answers.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly that calls the film’s revelations “disturbing”, director Lisa Bryant gave some more insight into the harrowing story.
When asked about former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s reported visit to Epstein’s island, she said, “Clinton did come out saying, after [Epstein's] death even, that he had never been on any of his properties, and we did find that to be untrue based on our reporting.”
Bryant also revealed that the series was in the works almost a year before Epstein’s 2019 arrest.
“We took great precautions in the beginning because he was still alive. We worked with a secret server. We had cameras in our room. We had to safeguard our media because his people are known for hacking computers,” the director explained.
“Some of these people who were associated closely were helping him cover up and get away with these crimes and didn't want the media to report on it. We'd seen it happened to other outlets, and we weren't going to let it happen to us.”
It was only recently released, but the series already has a critic score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score that’s yet to be updated.
You can check out the trailer forbelow.