Filthy Rich

BY ANDREW MOODY

It will never be conclusively proven that billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. In the recent Netflix show Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (based on James Patterson’s book), the idea that Epstein was murdered in a prison hit, ordered from high above, is considered. It was in production nine months before his arrest on sex trafficking charges, and the film makers used the codename The Florida Project in case Epstein bought off or targeted witnesses.

The documentary includes numerous, slow drone shots of impeccably rich skylines, from New York, to Paris, to London, to Palm Beach, which mesmerises the viewer, as the film makers reveal the horrifying truth behind the mysterious, wealthy socialite. As far back as 2003, suspicions about Epstein were being reported to the police, and Vicky Ward, an investigative journalist for Vanity Fair was asked to write a story about the mysterious Jeffrey Epstein, a handsome, very wealthy man who she told the film makers was “Gatsby like.” Ward uncovered two young women who had been sexually abused by Epstein when they were young teenagers, and included it in the story. When the story was submitted, the Vanity Fair legal team approached Epstein for comment. Ward claims that Epstein called her, knowing she was pregnant with twins, to say that if the story came out, he would “hire a witch doctor to place a curse on your unborn children.”

Former Vanity Fair Editor in Chief Graydon Carter reported that he found a severed cat head in his back garden, and a bullet on his front door step. The article was released without the abuse charges. Ms Ward said that the two young women who had spoken up against Epstein were “just the tip of the iceberg.” She stated that she believed “Vanity Fair were bought off.”

Graydon Carter released this statement for the documentary:

“Ms Ward’s reporting on this aspect of her story came in as we were going to press and simply did not meet our legal threshold.”

They explain how Jeffrey Epstein was new money: he made his fortune in the eighties on Wall Street, fully involved in a financial Ponzi scheme with his boss Steven Hoffenberg that netted over $460 million, and allowed Epstein the freedom and money to indulge his philanthropic interests and his sexual perversions. His financial strategies, illegal as they were, were applied to his sexual appetites for pre-pubescent and underage girls.

He owned a 77 million dollar house in New York, an enormous apartment in Paris, a compound in New Mexico, properties in the Virgin Islands and an estate in Palm Beach. He owned private jets and a helicopter. He was friends with Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, a suspicious line up if ever there was one. With his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of deceased tycoon Robert Maxwell, he built a molestation pyramid scheme that revolved around getting his female victims to bring their friends to his massage room, for which they would be paid $200. The abuse spiralled into an enormous spider web, with more and more girls bringing more and more of their friends. He specifically liked underage girls, and had a talent for spotting vulnerable targets that he could control. Survivors told of the blanket surveillance Epstein had in his properties, where hidden cameras were everywhere, filming not only his sexual perversions, but the perversions of his elite society friends.

Before his sentencing, it was reported that Epstein had offered as much as £500 million to the court to allow him bail. The court denied his request. Soon after, he was found dead in his cell, a victim of alleged suicide. Conspiracy theories have flourished since Epstein’s death, noting the three broken bones in his neck that couldn’t have been caused by leaning forward with a noose, but required blunt force to snap the bones, indicative it was the result of a strong man, such as a prison guard or a convict.

One survivor of Epstein’s underage molestation tearfully told the film makers:

“The way I saw myself…a long time ago…I was like this flower. A flower that was, like, opening up. And afterwards, it was like somebody just picked up that flower…plucked it from its roots, and stomped on it and smashed it…”

The documentary series allows Epstein’s victims the chance to tell their side of the story, while simultaneously exploring the hidden world of the very rich. Both traumatic and hypnotizing, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is required viewing for the #MeToo generation.

“He did things that no man should do to a woman,” one survivor told the film makers, “and he did them all the time.”

Watch Filthy Rich on Netflix.