Mendel Epstein, rabbi accused in extortion case, discussed religious divorces in 2011 documentary
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WESLEY HILLS - A Rockland filmmaker interviewed one of the rabbis who are accused in a Hasidic divorce extortion case for a documentary on religious divorces called "Women Unchained."
Leta Lenik, of Wesley Hills, interviewed Rabbi Mendel Epstein for the 2011 documentary, which she co-directed with Beverly Siegel.
In the film, Rabbi Epstein, of Brooklyn, says he found a woman's husband in Peru and helped give her a "get," or religious divorce.
"Those women definitely see him as a hero. He was their last, last option," says Lenik.
The FBI noted in its criminal complaint that women would pay these rabbis upward of $100,000 to get a "get." That steep price was also noted by the producers of "Women Unchained."