Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is an excellent documentary for anyone who wants to learn about his twisted ways. If you are, however, up to speed with current events, then no new ground is covered in Netflix’s latest documentary, which released today. That doesn’t mean it’s avoidable. If anything, hearing the level of debauchery this man would stoop to was very unsettling. Watching his victims relive their ordeals was a punch in the gut. The documentary makes the argument that Epstein felt he could buy his way out of any situation, and for the longest time, he was right. There’s a point in the documentary where a Vanity Fair expose is discussed that would have outlined Epstein’s perversions much earlier than when he was eventually arrested. Even though the reporter had him dead to rights, the late disgraced millionaire bought his way out of the negative publicity.
What was shocking is how long these behaviors went unchecked. It seemed no matter how detailed a victim’s statement was or how much evidence they could build, he was always one step ahead of them. The format of the documentary was appealing. Author James Patterson’s production company is involved in the documentary and gave each episode (there is 4 total) a true-crime feel. Don’t expect to be blown away after finishing it, but you’ll understand why no one shed any tears when Jeffrey Epstein died in prison.