As the one year anniversary of Jeffrey Epstein’s death approaches, Lifetime is ready to cover one of the most complex and devastating sexual abuse cases of the last few years. Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a two-night event that will premiere on August 9, chronicles Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s horrific crimes in the words of their survivors. At the Television Critics Association’s 2020 summer tour the creators and subjects spoke about how the timing of Maxwell’s trial impacted both their docuseries and their personal lives.
“I think it’s important to add that Ghislaine is now sitting in a jail cell,” Rachel Kay Benavidez, one of the survivors of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, said. “Their power, money, and wealth are tools that keep them out of the prison system … it’s important to us survivors that she be arrested. And I do believe that there will be justice.”
Maxwell’s arrest was so important to this story that it actually led to the team restructuring the docuseries’ finale. The fourth episode of the series was completely rewritten to account for the news. “It’s as much about Ghislaine’s arrest as it is the women,” director Ricki Stern explained. “It’s maybe a different kind of day in court but it allows [the survivors] to have a public arena.”
“We all believe that there will be some future revelations. The trial is set to start in July of next year,” executive producer Robert Friedman said.
Told in the survivors’ own words, Surviving Jeffrey Epstein focuses on a side of this disturbing story that has yet to be fully explored. Not only will the docuseries chronicle Epstein’s many crimes. It will also detail exactly how Epstein and Maxwell created their sex trafficking operation for underage girls. The series will cover how Maxwell groomed these children for abuse all while manipulating them using Epstein and Maxwell’s personal wealth and status.
“I can’t imagine that there won’t be more to talk about. We feel very fortunate for the timing that we were able to talk about Ghislaine,” Robert Friedman said.
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein is a two-night event that premieres on Lifetime Sunday, August 9 at 8/7c p.m.
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Source: New York Post
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