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Tampa’s Carole Baskin sues Netflix over ‘Tiger King 2′

She says she didn’t sign on for the sequel.
Carole Baskin with Dutchess the tiger at Big Cat Rescue in 2020.
Carole Baskin with Dutchess the tiger at Big Cat Rescue in 2020. [ Courtesy of Carole Baskin ]
Published Nov. 2, 2021|Updated Nov. 2, 2021

Carole Baskin wants out of the lion’s den — and the “Tiger King” sequel.

Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue in Florida and has made herself a household name off the fame of the Netflix docuseries, has sued the streaming service and the production company over the upcoming “Tiger King 2,” which she claims she never consented to.

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The lawsuit, filed by Baskin and husband Howard Monday and obtained by the Daily News, alleges that the couple only agreed to shoot footage for the first documentary and never agreed to a sequel.

“The Baskins believed that any sequel — though odious — would not include any of their footage,” the lawsuit reads.

The use of footage of Baskin in early trailers and sizzle reels constitutes a breach of contract by Royal Goode Productions, the lawsuit argues.

Baskin also claims that she was deceived by the producers when she first signed on for the project, saying Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode described it as a “Blackfish”-style documentary about big cat breeding and cub petting. Instead, “Tiger King” “focused primarily upon the portrayal of Joe Exotic as a sympathetic victim and Carole as the villain,” according to the lawsuit.

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She also criticized producers for implying her involvement in the disappearance of her first husband, Don Lewis, who vanished in 1997.

Representatives for Netflix did not immediately return The News’ request for comment.

The Baskins are suing for $100,000 in damages.

The five-episode “Tiger King 2,” premiering Nov. 17, “continues its twisted course... as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners,” according to Netflix.

Since the release of “Tiger King,” Baskin has competed on “Dancing with the Stars” and scored her own Discovery+ docuseries, “Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight.”

— New York Daily News (TNS)

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