Big Cat Rescue founder Carol Baskin wants all of you cool cats and kittens to know that the second season of The Tiger King is “primarily a rework of the first season with a few misleading additions.”
In a lengthy statement released Thursday to the Los Angeles Times, Baskin and third husband Howard Baskin criticized the second chapter of the hit Netflix documentary series and tripled that she did not kill her missing second husband, Don Lewis.
“Season 2, as expected and indicated in the trailer, continues to do whatever it takes to falsely convince the viewer that Carol is involved in Don Lewis’s disappearance,” the Baskins said.
“In keeping with their previous lack of ethics, the producers continued to use the technique they used in the first season when they contained statements of accusation against Carol, followed by images or videos of her chosen to deliberately amplify and amplify the accusations. The result, as you’d expect, was a new burst of hate on social media aimed at Carol on release day. “
The couple’s harsh response came a few weeks after Baskins sued the streaming giant for using their footage in the second season of The King of the Tigers. A Florida judge immediately rejected a petition from the owners of the big cat shelter to issue an interim restraining order against the Tiger King distributor Netflix and producer Royal Goode Productions, but did not make an immediate decision regarding their unauthorized appearance in the latter part.
During a press conference Thursday in Tampa, Florida, about the disappearance of Lewis Corporal. Moises Garcia, of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators made at least three attempts to interrogate Carol Baskin, who repeatedly refused to speak to them.
Garcia called Baskin a “high-ranking official” in this case. When asked about the silence of Baskin, Garcia replied: “Most of the missing … family members, wives, spouses – they cooperate with law enforcement agencies. They want to know what happened to their loved one and cooperate as much as possible. “
Carol Baskin also took aim Thursday at her nemesis Joe Exotic, the former owner of the GW Zoo, who is in prison for organizing a murder for hire against his rival, as well as animal cruelty.
In the second season of The Tiger King, Exotic claims that his former business partners Jeff and Lauren Lowe, Allen Glover and James Garretson framed him in the attempted murder of Carol Baskin.
The producers of The King of the Tigers “continued to let Joe Exotic make false statements without controversy, leaving a consequence of their being true,” the Baskins continued on Thursday.
“Despite all the talk that Joe Exotic was ‘set up’ and that witnesses are denying, the producers again cannot point out that it was Joe’s own words from the recorded conversations that played a key role in his conviction.”
Their statement also highlighted several other highlights of the second season, including an excerpt from Carol Baskin’s diary, in which she recalls ordering Lewis to “leave the house” and threatening him with arrest after allegedly saying he would kill cats.
She insists that her letter was taken out of context and that she “told him not to come back until he was screened for Alzheimer’s, which was discussed because of his worsening behavior.”
Netflix did not immediately respond Thursday to The Times’ request for comment.
The Baskins ended their rebuke with a message “to everyone who still wants to believe that Carol killed Don,” as well as a call for her upcoming Discovery + series.
“Please explain to us why you consider armchair detectives or you are better informed than the FBI Special Agent in charge in this Homeland Security document, which says,“ Don Lewis is currently alive and well in Costa Rica, ”they said. …
“In the meantime, please watch Carol Baskin’s Cage Fight Stream on Discovery + as it is so much more fun than The Tiger King and this is the real work we are doing to end the abuse of big cats and their disappearance by the animal exploiters you know from The Tiger King and many others. “