‘Tiger King’: Joe Exotic Files $94 Million Lawsuit, Requests Presidential Pardon

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Netflix’s unusual new dependancy, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, is a doozy. It tells the true-life story of huge cat zookeeper, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also called Joe Exotic, and his murder-for-hire plot in opposition to arch-nemesis, Carole Baskin. Now, the roadside breeder is suing the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service for $94 million and requesting a presidential pardon. Here’s the inside track.

Joe Exotic is at present serving a 22-year sentence in federal jail

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Oklahoma zookeeper, Joe Exotic, murder-for-hire plot in opposition to the animal activist, Carole Baskin. His sentence contains 17 wildlife violations and the killing of 5 tigers at his unique zoo.

Joe Exotic is at present serving a 22-year sentence behind bars on the Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. Joe Exotic allegedly employed a hitman for $3,000 to homicide Baskin. The hit was not profitable.

The documentary topic stated the tigers had been humanely euthanized after “14 years of painful walking on declawed paws to the point that they were crippled.”

Now, in a wild twist, Joe Exotic has filed a brand new lawsuit from his jail cell.

Why is Joe Exotic suing the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service?

After the weird string of occasions, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Joe Exotic is representing himself in a $94 million lawsuit in opposition to the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service and former business associate, Jeffrey Lowe, of submitting false statements to federal brokers.

“He was the main person in this entrapment scheme to take my zoo for free,” Joe Exotic alleged. “Changed my medicine with illegal drugs, stole my animals under fraudulent reasons.”

The lawsuit contains “$73,840,000 is for loss of personal property; 18 years of research; and care of 200 generic tigers and cross-breeds for 365 days a year, at a boarding rate of $60/day per animal,” based on People.

The additional $15 million is “for false arrest, false imprisonment, selective enforcement and the death of his mother, Shirley,” the outlet reported.

Claims recommend Joe Exotic was unfairly focused

Exotic Joe alleged the federal government put a “generic animal” on the endangered species listing — a tiger — to file fees in opposition to him. Exotic Joe claimed the fees furthered their “animal rights agenda.”

Other parts of the lawsuit embrace Joe Exotic’s claims that “a wildlife agent knowingly accepted statements he knew were false, allowing his witnesses to lie under oath. Misleading a grand jury and not seeking the truth to further an animal rights agenda. False arrest, entrapment, false imprisonment, all contributing to my mother’s death.”

The zookeeper believes he was focused for being “an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and crossbreeds.”

Lowe and his spouse, Lauren Lowe, aren’t frightened. They’ll take care of the animals left within the zoo.

“They are our family. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You give up a lot to care for these animals and we are going to keep doing that…,” she stated.

“We want to make sure they live well. Joe abandoned all these cats. We spend countless dollars just trying to bring these guys back up to health and making sure they get the best food they can get and healthcare too.”

The country-western singer requested for a presidential pardon

In an added twist, Joe Exotic requested President Trump to pardon his conviction in opposition to Baskin. He posted particulars through his Facebook web page.

“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,” he stated within the post.

“I have been illegally charged with these crimes and the Trump Administration, the United States Department of Interior along with the Federal Wildlife service must be held accountable for what they have done to me, my parents and my family, along with my animals,” he continued.

It’s unclear if Joe Exotic will obtain the pardon or any cash. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is the seven-part docu-series you didn’t know you wanted. It’s accessible to stream through Netflix now.

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