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Carole Baskin Launches Lawsuit Against Netflix And Production Company For Tiger King 2

Carole Baskin Launches Lawsuit Against Netflix And Production Company For Tiger King 2

Carole and her husband Howard have branded the sequel 'low-brow, salacious and sensational programming'.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Carole Baskin and her husband have launched a lawsuit against Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions.

The Big Cat Rescue couple allege they didn't give either entities permission to use footage of them for Tiger King 2 and are hoping their legal challenge will stop the sequel from being aired.

The followup to the wildly successful first season is set to drop later this month and a trailer revealed producers are still looking into Baskin and her former husband Don Lewis.

Carole and Howard believe producer Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin 'do not have the right to use any video or audio taken of us during their filming' for Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

"We believe that TK1 [ Tiger King season one] showed Goode and Chaiklin to be devoid of ethics, integrity, and any concern for the welfare of big cats," a statement from Carole and Howard said.

"When we were first approached by Goode and Chaiklin in 2014, they told us that they were making a documentary to expose the illicit big cat trade akin to the renowned Blackfish documentary.

"Yet, as we now know from seeing TK1, their work is anything but a legitimate documentary."

The couple said they had 'no desire or intent to be involved in TK2' and were 'shocked' when they saw the trailer last week because it revealed they 'were going to be a central theme of the sequel'.


Carole and Howard also alleged the producers were 'using the film footage again without our permission'.

"While we cannot stop Netflix and Royal Goode Productions from producing low-brow, salacious and sensational programing, we do believe that we have the right to control footage filmed of us under false pretenses," the statement continued.

"We like to believe that most Americans will agree that we should be entitled to protect our reputations in this manner and hold entertainment giants to their word.

The Baskins allege that if the five-episode sequel does get released on November 17 then it could cause them 'irreparable injury for which [they] have no adequate remedy at law'.

A spokesperson for Netflix declined to comment on the lawsuit, according to Deadline, and it's unclear whether the legal challenge will halt the streaming service's rollout of Tiger King 2.

Carole was furious when the first season of the documentary series was released as she believed it would only focus on Joe Exotic and the animal park he ran.

However, the show also dived into her relationship history, her Big Cat Rescue park and the mysterious disappearance of Don Lewis.

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Topics: Tiger King, Entertainment, TV and Film, Carole Baskin