Carole Baskin, the colorfully controversial cat-lady from the Netflix show “Tiger King,” won big in court last week. The judge handed her the keys to zoo property formerly owned by her infamous mullet-haired rival, Joe Exotic, currently residing behind bars at the Fort Worth Federal Medical Center. Exotic hired a hit man to whack his leopard print wearing competitor and now has the next 22 years to think about it.
Baskin is basking in the glory
An Oklahoma judge ordered on Monday that the property be promptly handed over to Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue. She’s basking in the glory of her victory over Joe Exotic, a.k.a. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who tried to hide the assets by signing them over to his mom. The judge ordered exotic to fork it back over. He’s been fighting against her for years, ever since she accused him of animal abuse.
In retaliation, he accused her of turning her husband into cat food. Two months after Don Lewis filed for a restraining order against Carole, he fell off the planet. He told the judge that she was trying to kill him but the judge didn’t buy it. Lewis was often in Costa Rica, allegedly for sex, which Carole was not pleased about. His body was never found but he was declared dead in 2002 so she could get his money. Joe Exotic went far enough to make a country music video accusing her of the crime called “Here Kitty Kitty.”
Everyone knows that the will of Don Lewis was forged but the statute of limitations ran out so she can’t be criminally charged for it. “They called in some experts to say that the will was a forgery and I had already told them that two months ago,” Hillsborough County sheriff Chad Chronister told the Chicago Tribune. “They had two experts deem it 100% a forgery.” The whole estate, “worth up to $10 million, was left to Baskin and cut out his own family.”
The ‘treachery’ must not go unchecked
When Joe Exotic got the news, he flipped his mullet. The team who runs things for him in the outside world released a statement saying, “We must address Carole Baskin’s treachery before it goes unchecked.”
According to the Western District of Oklahoma, “the zoo must be vacated in 120 days and control must be handed over.” She was awarded a fleet of vehicles to go with the buildings and land. The animals are all set to be relocated to another zoo, owned by Exotic’s former associate, Jeff Lowe.
Joe Exotic’s lawyers are appealing the ruling and his “media team” is working hard to get some public support. 16 acres of land improved with several cabins and vehicles were involved in the dispute. Jeff Lowe says his attorneys expected it and he’s getting ready to move the animals into a brand new “Tiger King” park in the next four months.