Tiger King's Joe Exotic seeking $94million settlement and presidential pardon

Joe Exotic is seeking a $94million (£78m) settlement following the release of his Netflix documentary, Tiger King.

The 57-year-old is currently serving a 22-year sentence after being found guilty of murder-for-hire following a feud with animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

He was also charged with violating the Endangered Species Act, over his antics at the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park.

However, the former zookeeper is now hoping for a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, over his jail term.

Sharing the legal documents on his Facebook page, Joe Exotic – real name Maldonado-Passage – revealed he is suing the US Federal Wildlife Service and the US Department of Interior, for $78.84million (£66m).

As well as this, he is also seeking $15million (£12m) from former business partner Jeff Lowe and another colleague.

Press Statement Joe ExoticThis lawsuit has been filed in the name of Justice, The Trump Administration must be made…

‘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,’ his message read.

‘The Agencies and its counter parts have abused the system for a private agenda. The Director Dan Ashe used his Government position to creat an illegal monopoly with the AZA and shut down hard working American businesses for self gain. 

‘I have been illegally charged with these crimes and the Trump Administration, the United States Department of Interior along witht the Federal Wildlife service must be held accountable for what they have done to me, my parents and my family, along with my animals (sic).’

Joe concluded the post by urging fans to ‘share’ his message.

Taking things a step further, there has also been a Change.org petition set up to help further his cause, which has been signed by 3,654 people at the time of writing.

The petition has addressed Donald Trump directly, explaining that Joe ‘deserves a fair shake at justice’.

‘Joe Exotic must be pardoned, his case re-examined, and justice must be served to those who look to exploit Joe’s good nature for personal gain,’ it read.

Taking aim at enemy Carole Baskin, it continued: ‘Joe Exotic was placed into captivity through the dirty lies and tricks.  A tactic of which you are all too familiar with. 

‘Consider that poor Joe, was vilified for demanding the truth to come out about a powerful woman.

‘A woman who used her feminine wiles to accrue untold levels of wealth and influence, leaving a path of destruction and dead bodies in her wake. Does this sound familiar Mr President?  You and Joe are kindred spirits.’

Tiger King dropped on Netflix last week – just in time for a coronavirus lockdown binge – and has left fans shocked, stunned and totally baffled.

However, Carole has since hit out at the documentary, accusing the seven-part series of being ‘salacious and sensational’ just to draw viewers – after the mysterious disappearance of her ex-husband was discussed.

‘Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments,’ she began a lengthy message on the Big Cat Rescue website. 

‘But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance. 

‘When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police.’

Blasting speculation that she had anything to do with his disappearance, she added: ‘There is no short, simple way to refute so many lies. 

‘If you do want to know the truth, it requires understanding the history of events in the years before my husband’s disappearance and the roles and behaviours of the people interviewed in the series.’

Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix now.

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