The “Tiger King” wants to be freed from his cage.
Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage — the star of a hit new Netflix series — has filed a jailhouse lawsuit against the feds and is asking President Trump to pardon his conviction for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot on a rival and violating the Endangered Species Act.
The previous roadside zookeeper and “big cat” enthusiast — who is serving a 22-calendar year prison sentence — is demanding a blended $94 million from the US Fish and Wildlife Services, his previous company spouse Jeff Lowe and numerous former colleagues explained.
The polygamist issued a call for a pardon from Trump and announced his lawsuit in March 19 on his Fb web site.
“This lawsuit has been filed in the name of Justice, The Trump Administration need to be built informed of the Overreach, perjury, abuse of power and the failure to uphold the Oath of their posture which is truth and Justice for all,” the gun-toting Oklahoma native wrote in the publish.
A jury convicted Maldonado-Passage past yr on 21 counts, which integrated euthanizing five tigers and employing a person to eliminate his arch nemesis — Massive Cat Rescue founder and CEO Carole Baskin.
Maldonado-Passage is representing himself in his lawsuit — in which he refers himself in the 3rd particular person — and submitted it in a federal court docket in Oklahoma.
He alleges that the Fish and Wildlife Provider place tigers on the endangered species listing “for the sole intent of making it possible for animal rights groups to sue compact zoos and circuses” and to make ”privately-owned tigers extinct.”
The 7-component docu-series on Maldonado-Passage, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has been a strike with Netflix viewers considering that its March 20 launch — on Thursday, it was continue to sitting at No. 1 on the streaming service’s Top rated 10 record.
But the present has not identified a admirer in Baskin, who is prominently featured in the series.
In a new site article, she reported the collection is entire of “lies and innuendo” and that the directing group guiding it established out to make it as “salacious and sensational as attainable to draw viewers.”