Joe Exotic — the eccentric, wild and fascinating convict tiger breeder featured within the wildly fashionable Netflix docuseries ‘Tiger King’ — is suing from jail … claiming an enormous conspiracy behind him being locked up, and it led to the demise of his mother.
If you’ve got seen the present, you understand Joe — actual identify Joseph Maldonado-Passage — is among the greatest names within the massive cat enterprise. If you have not seen it … SPOILERS AHEAD.
Anyway, Exotic ran a well-liked zoo in Oklahoma till he was discovered responsible of a murder-for-hire plot in 2019, however in accordance with new authorized docs obtained by TMZ … he claims he was falsely arrested and imprisoned, and the sufferer of malicious prosecution and discrimination.
But, let’s again up, as a result of firstly … Joe’s suing the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service for putting the “generic tiger” on the endangered species checklist. Exotic claims this was completed for the only goal of focusing on companies like his, and basically … placing him out of enterprise.
As he places it, this equates to “stealing my property and promoting an animal rights agenda.”
Joe additionally alleges he was “discriminated against because he is the only person charged with this statute because [he] is an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and cross breeds.”
According to the swimsuit, he desires $78,840,000 for the lack of his private property and 18 years price of his work with tigers for this.
As for his prison conviction, he is going after a handful folks concerned within the case — together with his former enterprise accomplice Jeff Lowe for allegedly mendacity to the feds and planting proof in opposition to him.
He accuses one other former colleague of being an informant, and claims the sum of all this contributed to the passing of his mom, Shirley.
Joe’s searching for a further $15 million for this.