If anyone was going to get their hands on the sordid tale of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, it was going to be Netflix.
The four-part series will be released on the streaming service May 27 and by the looks of the trailer, it’s enough to make even Prince Andrew break a sweat. Directed by Lisa Bryant and based on the book by crime writer James Patterson, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich features interviews with many of his survivors, and puts the spotlight on a laundry list of the rich and powerful people who enabled his abuse of underage girls for decades. (Interestingly, the trailer seems void of any mention of his ties to politicians such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.)
One of the most disturbing revelations to come out of the Epstein case was the abuse that occurred on his 70-acre private island in the Virgin Islands, dubbed ‘Pedo Island’. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2019, a former air strip controller at St. Thomas, the location where Epstein would fly in young girls, said, ‘On multiple occasions I saw Epstein exit his helicopter, stand on the tarmac in full view of my tower, and board his private jet with children—female children. One incident in particular really stands out in my mind, because the girls were just so young. They couldn’t have been over 16.’
And yet, no one did anything to stop him.
The synopsis from Netflix says: ‘Leading up to his 2019 arrest, mysterious tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades, assembling a network of enablers to help carry out and cover up his crimes. Epstein came from humble beginnings yet managed to lie and manipulate his way to the top of the financial world. He eventually gained tremendous wealth and power while running an international sex trafficking ring.
‘The serial sex abuser made a secret plea deal with the government in 2008 avoiding a potential life sentence and continued to abuse women. With their frightening firsthand accounts, Epstein’s accusers are the leading voices in director Lisa Bryant’s four-part docuseries. By revealing their emotional scars, some for the very first time, the sisterhood of survivors intend to stop predators—and the American justice system—from silencing the next generation.’
Check out the trailer above, and if you’re itching to find out more before May 27, go and have a listen to The Mysterious Mr Epstein from Wondery.