Joe Exotic has his claws out and is reportedly suing America for a whopping $94 million following Netflix’s Tiger King documentary. The gripping true crime documentary is all anyone is talking about right now, thanks in part to the larger than life personality of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness unfolds over seven harrowing episodes and sees Joe embroiled in a murder-for-hire plot after he butted heads with cat-lover Carole Baskin. If you haven’t watched it, there’s no time like the present. Now, it looks like Joe Exotic is suing the country for a huge sum from behind the bars of his prison cell.
Joe is currently serving a 22-year sentence at the Grady County Jail in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He’s in jail for the murder-for-hire plot as well and violating the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act. He had run Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma until his imprisonment last year.
According to TMZ, Maldonado-Passage is pulling out the big cat big guns and suing the US Department of Interior and the US Federal Wildlife Service for $78.84M, followed by another case for $15 million against former business partner Jeff Lowe and another former colleague. Alongside this, Maldonado-Passage has also asked President Donald Trump for a pardon.
Documents obtained by the scoop site say Joe Exotic claims he was set up as part of a conspiracy. The 57-year-old says he was the victim of “malicious prosecution and discrimination”, which also led to the death of his mother. Exotic alleges he was “discriminated against because he is the only person charged with this statute because [he] is an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and crossbreeds.”
He says the US Department of Interior and the US Federal Wildlife Service targeted him by placing ‘generic tiger’ on its endangered species list, citing that this was done to specifically put him out of business. Joe Exotic maintains this is “stealing my property and promoting an animal rights agenda”.
When it comes to Lowe, Maldonado-Passage claims he lied to the Feds and planted evidence that lead to Joe’s conviction. In a statement on his Facebook page, Joe wrote, “This lawsuit has been filed in the name of justice, the Trump administration must be made aware of the overreach, perjury, abuse of power and the failure to uphold the oath of their position which is truth and Justice for all”.
Just when you thought Tiger King was as crazy as it could get, along comes Joe Exotic with an update for the ages. Will Netflix go full Making a Murderer and follow Joe with a Tiger King sequel? Here’s hoping!
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