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Joe Exotic Suing From Prison For $94 Million

Joe Exotic Suing From Prison For $94 Million

If you've been watching Tiger King on Netflix over the last week, which let's be honest, most of us have, you'll probably still be feeling absolutely baffled by the whole story.

But, it does not just end at the end of the documentary because Joe Exotic is still at it, and this time he's suing American wildlife authorities for putting him out of business.

He's doing this from behind bars, because *spoiler alert*, he's currently serving a 22 year prison sentence for plotting to murder an animal rights activist.

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If you're not familiar with the story, you'll need to bear with me.

The titular character Joseph Maldonado-Passage - aka Joe Exotic, or the self-titled Tiger King - is launching a massive $94 million (£78 million) lawsuit from prison.

As per a press statement on Maldonado-Passage's Facebook page, he 'is seeking the loss of personal property, 18 years of research and care of 200 generic tigers and cross-breeds for 365 days a year for 18 years at a boarding rate of $60.00 a day per animal for a total of $78,840,000.00 and an additional $15,000,000.00 for false arrest, false imprisonment, discrimination, malicious prosecution, selective enforcement, misinterpreting the law and the death of Shirley Schrelbvogel'.

Yep, that's right.

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Joe and his (adorable) tiger cub. Credit: Netflix
Joe and his (adorable) tiger cub. Credit: Netflix

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The bodies actually being sued by Maldonado-Passage, who owns the 'Greater Wynnewood Animal Park' in Oklahoma, are the US Department of Interior and the US Federal Wildlife Service.

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As a result of them placing the 'generic tiger' on the endangered species list - which he says was done solely to target his business and put him out of work - he is claiming for the above losses.

And, if this is your first insight into the story of Joe Exotic, you are in for a wild ride.

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To give anyone who isn't familiar a bit of an overview - prepare yourself - Maldonado-Passage opened an animal park in the states where he kept a whole load of endangered animals.

As you see from the film, there is big money to be made when it comes to tiger cubs and the public, but he is accused of breeding them and then even killing them when they get too old, in order to profit from them.

One particular target of Joe Exotic was Carole Baskin - who owns Big Cat Animal Sanctuary in Florida - and who was critical of Joe's ethics.

Carole Baskin. Credit: Netflix
Carole Baskin. Credit: Netflix
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He arranged for a hitman to kill her, said hitman just so happened to be an undercover FBI agent, so now Joe is serving a lengthy prison sentence. See, told you it was a wild one.

Find out the whole story - Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Topics: tiger king, Netflix

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Amelia Ward

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