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Carole Baskin sues Netflix’s 'Tiger King 2' ahead of its release

Netflix’s Tiger King is one of the most popular titles of the platform’s growing career. It found success due to the bizarre and fascinating premise of the story. Ahead of the series release on 17th of November 2021, Netflix dropped the crazy trailer that started a lot of buzz among fans. 

Carole Baskin, however, is reportedly furious about the show’s premise and wants to put a stop to its release.  

Directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, the sequel series is executive produced by Fisher Stevens and Chris Smith, the second season will take a look into how “sudden fame and unwanted attention from the authorities turn up the heat and unearths some stunning revelations”. 

The trailer hears a voice-over from the infamous Maldonado-Passage interview and foreshadows an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Baskin’s husband who was later declared dead. 

Baskin is, however, furious, and along with her husband Howard, has sued the show. She said that despite having declined the production company Royal Goode Productions and Netflix about the show, they were “shocked” to see the show using Carole’s footage without her consent, “prominently” depicting her as “a central element of the sequel”. 

The breach of privacy and consent has prompted the Baskins to file a lawsuit that will bar 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 stop “irreparable injury”.. 

According to her lawsuit that defends her outrage, “Carole Baskin’s response was clear and unequivocal: ‘No. And lose my number”. Baskins suggests the producers had pitched the documentary as “an exposé of the big cat breeding trade akin to documentary Blackfish.”

However, the intonation of the series changed completely and showed Joe as a “sympathetic victim” while Baskin became the “villain” before the second season going as far as to suggest Carole’s involvement “in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997”. 

While they cannot prevent Netflix from making “low-brow, salacious and sensational programming”, the Baskins said that they have the “right to control footage” that have been filmed “under false pretences”. 

Starring Jeff Lowe, Allen Glover and James Garretson in lead roles, it will follow the first part titled Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness that showed the wild story about Joe Exotic’s life. 

Watch the trailer below: