Joe Exotics nemesis Carole Baskin may bring the second series of the popular Tiger King Netflix documentary into disarray after taking legal action in Tampa, Florida.
The founder of Big Cat Rescue and her husband, Howard Baskin, have accused Royal Goode Productions and Netflix of breach of contract by using footage of the couple in the trailer for Tiger King 2.
The second series of the documentary, which is foreign to fiction, is scheduled for release on November 17.
According to Variety, the lawsuit was filed on Monday, with the couple claiming they only signed appearance forms for the first series, which Carole Baskin later described as “a reality show dumpster brand”.
The lawsuit states: “By using the footage of Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions during Appearance Releases in ‘Sizzling Wheels’ and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled’ Tiger King 2 ‘, the defendants are in breach of the terms of’ Appearance Releases. “
The Baskins want Royal Goode Productions and Netflix to drop all footage of them from Tiger King 2.
The lawsuit also alleges that the first series was misleading in its depiction of Big Cat Rescue operations and unfairly accused Baskins of animal cruelty.
Carole Baskin also claims that the first series implicitly implicated her in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997.
The Guardian has sought a comment from Netflix in the United States.
Millions of viewers were thrilled to see Tiger King, with the intense hatred between Joe Exotic, the showman owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, and the animal protector Carole Baskin, central to the real drama.
In 2018, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was arrested and charged with hiring two men to murder Baskin.
The following year, he was found guilty of several federal charges of animal cruelty and two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to 22 years in prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Exotic is currently anchoring the harshness of the verdict and has sold its zoo.
In January of this year, a federal judge in Oklahoma ordered the new owners of the zoo, Jeff and Lauren Lowe, to hand over all lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals’ mothers, to the federal government and find the zoo had violated U.S. Endangered Species Act and Animal Welfare Act.
The Baskins have since collaborated with filmmaker Michael Webber (The Elephant in the Living Room) on the 2021 documentary The Conservation Game.