Furious Carole Baskin sues Netflix over ‘Tiger King 2’


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Carole Baskin is furious about the upcoming Tiger King 2 sequel series, suing Netflix for allegedly using unauthorised footage of her.

Netflix’s 2020 docuseries Tiger King was a bonkers escape for many in the early days of pandemic, focusing on the years-long rivalry between big cat enthusiasts Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.

And last week, Netflix released the trailer for the second season. The streaming service gave a release date of November 17.

The series picks up “with Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo,” Netflix said.

Netflix also promises “newfound revelations on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners.”

“Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness. Thought you knew the whole story? Just you wait,” the synopsis read.

Carole Baskin sues over ‘unauthorised’ footage

But Carole Baskin and her husband Howard have sued Netflix and the production company to stop them using footage of her.

The Baskins said they declined when approached by Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions about Tiger King 2.

Producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin contacted them to “clear the air” regarding Carole’s outrage at the first series and secure her participation in the sequel.

“Carole Baskin’s response was clear and unequivocal: ‘No. And lose my number,’ ” the lawsuit states.

The couple were “shocked” to see the new Tiger King 2 trailer use previously-shot footage of Carole.

The Baskin’s lawsuit states the trailer “prominently depicts Baskin as a central element of the sequel”. The producers used footage they filmed for the first Tiger King series.

However the Baskins say that breaches the appearance release form they signed for the show’s first season only.

They’ve sued for a temporary restraining order barring Netflix “from any use of film footage of the Baskins and the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tiger King 2 or in any related promotion or advertising” to prevent “irreparable injury”.

‘Low-brow, salacious and sensational’

The Baskins said producers pitched Tiger King as “an exposé of the big cat breeding trade akin to documentary Blackfish.”

Instead, the show “focused primarily upon portrayal of Joe Exotic as a sympathetic victim and Carole as the villain.”

The Baskins said the series wrongly suggested Big Cat Rescue “abuses its animals”.

Tiger King also wrongly implied Carole was “involved in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997,” the Baskins said.

As a result, Carole and her husband said they received hate mail, harassment, and death threats from Netflix viewers.

In a statement, the pair said they “cannot stop” Netflix making “low-brow, salacious and sensational programing.”

“[But] we do believe that we have the right to control footage filmed of us under false pretenses,” the Baskins said.

“We made it very clear to Goode and Chaiklin that we had no desire or intent to be involved in [Tiger King 2].”

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