'Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich' Leaves Viewers ‘Shaken’ As Victims Recall Horrific Abuse
The show landed on the streaming platform on Wednesday, and despite being a relatively short series, many claimed they couldn't even finish it, as each episode heard testimony from Epstein's traumatised victims, and harrowing new details of how they were abused.
While there are too many painful anecdotes to list, the testimony of two women, Courtney Wild and Hayley Robson - his "school girl recruiters" - hit home for many.
Both describe being abused by Epstein when they were underage, and how he held a power over them and encouraged them to return to his mansion afterwards.
But their stories get more disturbing still, as they go on to recall working to recruit other young girls into his clutches, too.
Hayley Robson told producers she started working for Epstein aged 16, and was paid $200 (£163) for every girl she recruited to the paedophile's Palm Beach home.
She claims to have brought around 24 girls into the "twisted sexual pyramid scheme" herself, while Courtney Wild says she may have brought anywhere between 40 and 60.
And to give you an idea of the scale of it all, each underage girl was asked to bring at least two friends of their own, too.
Epstein was first investigated by police in Palm Beach, Florida, back in 2005, after the concerned parents of one 14-year-old girl accused him of sexually abusing her.
But the most unbearable part of the whole documentary, and also the most fascinating, is how his fortune and connections protected him from punishment.
He pleaded guilty in 2008, and was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute.
But he wielded power to secure a secret deal, avoiding a potential life sentence. He was released in 2009 but continued to abuse women.
In brand new footage, another of his victims, Chantae Davies, suggests he kept his reputation unscathed largely by hoarding "a lot of information on people, and a lot of blackmail videos" - such as hidden CCTV footage of the women who stayed in his homes, which acted as leverage not only against them, but his powerful friends who joined in the with abuse.
Plus, Virgnia Roberts Giuffre - the same victim who made allegations about Prince Andrew - recalls how he boasted that he would "never get caught," adding: "People owe me favours".
"I am only on the first episode and already I'm shaken.The wealthy are deeply connected and so much gets swept under the rug...it's insane," one viewer wrote as they witnessed the corruption surrounding Epstein's case for themselves.
While another added: "Whatever you do today give yourself some time to watch "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich" on Netflix.
"The sexual pyramid scheme and pedophilia they highlight in the mini series is so horrifying and disturbing. The stories of these survivors are so shocking and sad."
A third agreed, but added that the footage had been too hard to watch.
"I was [watching] the Jeffrey Epstein documentary on netflix and I couldnt even finish the first episode. I cant do it," she said.
Epstein committed suicide in August last year from prison, at the age of 66.
He was awaiting his trial for sex trafficking charges at the time.
The series is directed by Lisa Bryant and is executive produced by Joe Berlinger (who also worked on Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes).
Watch Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix now.
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