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'Tiger King' Stars Sue Netflix To Prevent Release Of Season Two

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'Tiger King' Stars Sue Netflix To Prevent Release Of Season Two

Carole and Howard Baskin are taking legal action against Netflix in an attempt to prevent the release of Tiger King’s second season later this month. On Monday, the couple revealed that they’ve filed a lawsuit against the streaming giant, and will seek a temporary injunction that would halt the documentary’s second season airing. 

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In a statement shared by the Baskins, they accuse the Tiger King producers of being "devoid of ethics, integrity, and any concern for the welfare of big cats”. 

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Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin and her husband Howard were a large part of the original documentary that took the world by storm during lockdown. Carole Baskin’s intense rivalry with Joe ‘Tiger King’ Exotic was unbelievable stuff. The pair’s escalating feud resulted in Exotic being sentenced to 22 years in prison for Baskin’s attempted murder. Oh, and there’s the whole ongoing conspiracy theory that Baskin murdered her second husband Don Lewis. Seriously, watch the first series if you haven’t. It’s utterly bananas. 

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Anyway, the Baskins are claiming that Tiger King producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin do not have the right to use any of the leftover footage from shooting the original documentary in the new episodes. 

"Our agreement to participate with Goode and Chaiklin was expressly limited to using our film footage in a single documentary motion picture. Even giving them the benefit of the doubt that TK1 is a legitimate documentary motion picture, that was the extent of our agreement," the statement reads. 

"We made it very clear to Goode and Chaiklin that we had no desire or intent to be involved in TK2. When Netflix released its official Tiger King 2 trailer last week, we were shocked to see that we were going to be a central theme of the sequel and they were using the film footage again without our permission."

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The suit was filed Monday, November 1 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Royal Goode Productions, LLC and Netflix are listed as the defendants.

"While we cannot stop Netflix and Royal Goode Productions from producing low-brow, salacious and sensational programing, we do believe that we have the right to control footage filmed of us under false pretenses," the couple's statement concludes. "We like to believe that most Americans will agree that we should be entitled to protect our reputations in this manner and hold entertainment giants to their word."

Tiger King 2 is currently set to arrive on Netflix November 17. 

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Topics: Netflix

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