Monday, 03 August, 2020

'Tiger King' star loses animal park to nemesis he tried to kill

Joe Exotic himself Joe Exotic himself
Robin Buchanan | 03 June, 2020, 00:27

Carole Baskin was awarded the former zoo of rival big cat enthusiast Joe Exotic in a court ruling on Monday, June 1. Baskin was also awarded any vehicles or portable buildings on the property.

The federal judge's ruling says Jeff has 120 days to get himself and all of the animals off the property.

Joe himself is now in prison for abusing tigers and attempting to stage a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin; he failed to show up in court to defend a civil lawsuit filed by Baskin. In return, Exotic has blamed her for the missing of her second husband Don Lewis.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, became a huge hit on Netflix when it premiered in March, tells the story of Exotic's colourful life and his rivalry with Baskin, the owner of an animal sanctuary in Florida.


Baskin had for years accused Exotic of abusing the animals, including tigers, in his park.

Baskin previously sued Maldonado-Passage for trademark and copyright infringements and won a $1 million civil judgment against him.

G.W. Zoo's former founder "Joe Exotic", whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage, is now in prison for putting together a murder-for-hire plot to kill Baskin. He's serving a 22-year sentence in federal custody but there have been appeals to U.S. President Donald Trump to release the colourful impresario.

Now, a District Judge in Oklahoma has ruled that Big Cat Rescue "has sufficiently traced funds to allow for the imposition of a constructive trust".


A legal team representing Baskin and Big Cat Rescue filed a complaint back in February 2016, alleging that the transfer of the Oklahoma zoo property was fraudulent, undertaken only as a means of keeping it out of the reach of creditors. He has been given 120 days to vacate the property and remove all of the animals.

Last week, John Reinke claimed there are "hundreds of hours" of unseen footage available for a potential second season of Tiger King on Netflix. A murder mystery in the vein of Dateline, Tiger King introduced the world to the flamboyant Joe Exotic, a former magician, country singer, and zookeeper with a troubled past.

They took one parting shot, saying, "The possibility of human remains being buried on this land should make her feel right at home".


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