Carole Baskin sues Netflix over Tiger King 2 and demands that producers remove all footage of her


Carole Baskin sues Netflix over Tiger King 2 and demands that producers remove ALL FOOTAGE of her as she claims it breaches initial contract

  • Baskin, 60, is demanding that Tiger King producers cut out all footage of her
  • The big cat enthusiast claims it is a breach of the original contract she signed
  • Baskin alleges the contract she signed doesn’t give producers a right to continue using the footage in the subsequent projects…including this sequel’
  • According to court documents filed, she argues that all the new footage of her that they’re teasing in the recently released trailer, is not in fact ‘new’ at all 


Carole Baskin has reportedly launched a lawsuit against Netflix after they included footage of her in the Tiger King sequel – which she claims is a breach of her original contract.

The big cat enthusiast, 60, is believed to be suing the streaming giant over Tiger King 2 and is demanding that producers cut out all footage of her, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

In the lawsuit filed, Baskin alleges the contract she signed to participate in the first series ‘doesn’t give producers a right to continue using the footage in the subsequent projects…including this sequel.’

Catfight! Carole Baskin has reportedly launched a lawsuit against Netflix after they included footage of her in the Tiger King sequel - which she claims is a breach of her original contract

Catfight! Carole Baskin has reportedly launched a lawsuit against Netflix after they included footage of her in the Tiger King sequel – which she claims is a breach of her original contract

Baskin is asking a judge to order that producers and Netflix remove all footage of her and her Big Cat Rescue non-profit from both promotional clips and the sequel, which is set for release on November 17.

According to court documents filed, she argues that all the new footage of her that they’re teasing in the recently released trailer, is not in fact ‘new’ at all. 

Baskin claims the footage is just scenes that were not used in the first Tiger King series and is arguing that producers are just repurposing it to spin it as if she’s giving ‘new interviews or insight.’

Additionally her reason for taking legal action stems from the way she was vilified in the original series and painted to look responsible for the disappearance of her ex-husband Don Lewis. 

Repurposed: Baskin claims the footage is just stuff that was not used in the first Tiger King series and is arguing that producers are just repurposing it to spin it as if she's giving 'new interviews or insight'

Repurposed: Baskin claims the footage is just stuff that was not used in the first Tiger King series and is arguing that producers are just repurposing it to spin it as if she’s giving ‘new interviews or insight’

Vanished: Baskin's reason for taking legal action also stems from the way she was made to look responsible for the disappearance of her ex-husband Don Lewis who went 'missing' in 1997, with the trailer for the sequel teasing a deeper dive into his disappearance

Vanished: Baskin’s reason for taking legal action also stems from the way she was made to look responsible for the disappearance of her ex-husband Don Lewis who went ‘missing’ in 1997, with the trailer for the sequel teasing a deeper dive into his disappearance 

The original series — which became a smash sensation after it was released just one week after the COVID-19 pandemic began — focused in part on the mysterious disappearance of her first husband, who went missing in 1997. 

The investigation into his disappearance went cold, and five years after Don seemingly vanished, Baskin had a judge declare Don dead. 

In the series Joe Exotic — real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage — accused Baskin of killing her former husband and feeding him to the tigers. 

A trailer for the sequel teases that the series will dive deeper into Don’s disappearance as a voiceover says ‘Carole knows something.’ 

Vilified: Baskin was not aware that she would be portrayed as a villain in the initial series, with Joe Exotic who had accused her of killing her former husband and feeding him to the tigers; pictured August 28

Vilified: Baskin was not aware that she would be portrayed as a villain in the initial series, with Joe Exotic who had accused her of killing her former husband and feeding him to the tigers; pictured August 28

In January 2020 Joe was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of a murder-for-hire plot, where he tried to hire two different men to kill Baskin.

He also received an additional sentencing for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. 

Baskin claims that the sensational original series undermined the integrity and mission of her Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary in Florida, which seeks to protect big cats from people who profit off their captures like Joe.

She also claims that the continued usage of footage of her for anything past the original series breaches her initial contract.

Legalities: In the lawsuit filed Baskin alleges that the initial contract she signed to participate in the first series 'doesn't give producers a right to continue using the footage in the subsequent projects...including this sequel' which is set to hit Netflix on November 17

Legalities: In the lawsuit filed Baskin alleges that the initial contract she signed to participate in the first series ‘doesn’t give producers a right to continue using the footage in the subsequent projects…including this sequel’ which is set to hit Netflix on November 17

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