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02nd Nov 2021

Carole Baskin is suing Netflix over Tiger King 2

Fiona Frawley

And here I was thinking she was having a whale of a time in the trailer.

Star of Tiger King Carole Baskin is suing Netflix for using footage of her in the upcoming second series, according to Variety.

Joe Exotic’s nemesis Carole alleges that production company Royal Goode Productions has breached contract by continuing to use footage of herself and her husband Howard in Tiger King 2, as they only signed appearance release forms for the first series. Netflix has declined to comment on the matter.

According to Variety, the Baskins were surprised to see footage of them used in the trailer for season 2, and had no knowledge that a sequel would include any footage of them.

The lawsuit issued by Carole and Howard states:

“The Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions’ right to use film footage of the Baskins to ‘a documentary motion picture.’ Throughout the Appearance Releases there is only reference to and mention of ‘the Picture.’ No mention is made of granting Royal Goode Production sequel rights, rights to create derivative works from ‘the Picture’ or additional seasons or episodes”.

Therefore, the Baskins are demanding that Netflix remove any and all footage of them from the second season of the show.

In the lawsuit, Carole also listed her grievances with the portrayal of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue in season 1 of Tiger King. She says that the show wrongfully depicted Big Cat Rescue keeping their animals in small cages, while not making it clear that the animals “actually reside in expansive enclosures”. The lawsuit also took issue with the implication that Carole had a part to play in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997, which she has repeatedly denied any involvement in.

Header image via Instagram/carolebaskincat

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