Dramatic Tiger King 2 Footage Carole Baskin Is Suing Netflix Over
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The animal activist, 60, is bringing legal action against the streaming service and the show's production company, Royal Goode Productions. She claims that they're breaching contract by including footage of her and her husband in Tiger King 2.
This new turn of events may spell out an uncertain future for the miniseries.
Documents obtained by Variety show the Baskins' claim that they only agreed for footage of them to be used in the first documentary, and did not wish to be shown in "any sequel". According to the report, they haven't yet signed release forms for Tiger King 2.
The document stated, "the appearance releases limited by Royal Goode Productions' use of the footage of the Baskins and Royal Cat Rescue to the single, initial documentary motion picture".
It states that the couple were "surprised" to see footage of them in the trailer for the new documentary. Baskin's late husband, Don Lewis, is mentioned by name in the trailer. The viewer is also told that "Carole knows something", as well as that "Don liked to play with dangerous stuff". Clips of the activist feature throughout.
What Happened To Don Lewis?
Carole Baskin's former husband disappeared on the morning of 18th August 1997 in Tampa, Florida.
His white van was found on 20th August, 40 miles from the wildlife sanctuary he co-owned with Baskin. Investigations have stretched from the sanctuary (where 'no foul play' was found) to the land he owned in Costa Rica.
In 2002, Lewis was declared legally dead, and his $5 million holdings were left to Baskin. No-one has ever been arrested or charged in relation to the case - and wider theories are as yet unfounded.
The document continues, "utilising the film footage [...] in sizzle reels and promotional trailers [...] the Defendants are in breach of the terms of the Appearance Releases".
In plain English? The companies would allegedly still be in breach of contract even if they only used footage of her to generate interest in the trailer.
As a means to an end, the Baskins are "demanding" that the companies remove "any and all" footage of them from Tiger King 2. The document goes on to state that Baskin believed she was "[harshly] and unfairly" depicted in the original Tiger King. They aim to take this case to court.
Baskin has openly criticised the show, taking particular aim at the documentary makers and the second documentary. "That was just a reality show dumpster fire", she told Variety.
Netflix have declined to comment.