(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Times were simpler when everyone was watching Tiger King on Netflix. The lockdown hadn’t come into full effect, the world wasn’t witnessing riots and brutality on the streets, and people came together in (weird) support for the insane owner of a large cat zoo in Oklahoma. Joe Exotic, the star of Netflix series “Tiger King,” was the criminal owner of a private zoo who was also embroiled in a bitter war with his rival Carole Baskin.
Though Exotic’s behavior was irrational, erratic, dangerous, and criminal, he became a meme and his nemesis Carole Baskin became an ironic villain.
On Monday, Carole Baskin’s name was once again thrown into the spotlight when U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted full control over Exotic’s animal zoo in Oklahoma or Baskin, who runs a sanctuary for large cats.
Baskin’s “Big Cat Rescue Corp” is a sanctuary run by Baskin and a team of volunteers which became one of the focuses of the Netflix docuseries. The ruling from the district judge comes as Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, continues to serve a 22-year federal prison term after he was convicted of killing five tigers and even plotting to kill Carole Baskin.
This isn’t the first time Baskin has been in court over disputes with Exotic, either. She first sued the erratic, drug-using zoo owner for copyright and trademark infringements when he set up a website that purposely attracted people trying to find Baskin’s website. She won the case, and a $1 million civil judgment against Maldonado-Passage which he was unable to pay back. The pair agreed a repayment plan which he ultimately didn’t stick to.
On Monday, District Judge Scott Palk rules that the ownership of the zoo was fraudulently transferred from Maldanado-Passage to his mother in law in an attempt to avoid paying the debt he owed to Baskin. The decision to hand over control of the zoo, therefore, was in order to help pay the debt owed to Baskin as a result of the previous suit. According to the ruling, the animals in the zoo must be removed from the zoo within the next four months, but no details about where the animals would go were released.
— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) June 1, 2020
On Monday, a handwritten note from Maldonado-Passage, who is currently in prison in Fort Worth Texas, showed that he is requesting a presidential pardon.