According to multiple reports, Baskin filed a lawsuit against the network saying she wants to be cut out of the upcoming ‘Tiger King 2,’ claiming they are simply using unused footage from the first season — which she never agreed to.
The reality star and her husband, Howard Baskin, filed a lawsuit in Tampa, Florida against Netflix and Royal Goode Productions for breach of contract. Baskin claims the companies have no right to use original footage from the documentary’s first season.
Carole Baskin And Her Husband Sue Netflix Over ‘Tiger King 2’
“Understanding that the Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions’ use of the footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue to the single, initial documentary motion picture, the Baskins believed that any sequel – though odious – would not include any of their footage,” the lawsuit states.
It continues, “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.”
The couple says they were surprised to see their footage used in the trailer for ‘Tiger King 2’ and claims any use of their images in ‘sizzle reels’ and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled ‘Tiger King 2,’ is a breach of their contracts.
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As you know, Baskin has been very vocal about her issues with ‘Tiger King’ and lashed out at the producers of the show, saying, “I wouldn’t call Eric Goode or Rebecca Chaiklin true documentarians. I mean that was just a reality show dumpster fire.”
According to the lawsuit, Baskin says she was originally pitched the show which was going to be “an exposé of the big cat breeding and cub petting trade akin to the documentary feature film entitled ‘Blackfish.'” At the time, she claims she had no idea the show would revolve around Joe Exotic and his animal theme park.
“‘Tiger King 1’ was particularly harsh and unfair in its depiction of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue. The ‘Tiger King 1’ series wrongly attempted to suggest that Big Cat Rescue abused its animals by keeping them in very small cages while not making clear that the animals actually reside in expansive enclosures,” the lawsuit continues.
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Baskin continues, the show “incorrectly suggests an equivalency between Big Cat Rescue and Joe Exotic’s roadside zoo, and more broadly that there is no difference between roadside zoos that exploit and mistreat animals and accredited sanctuaries that rescue and provide excellent lifetime care to the animals.”
Of course, she didn’t leave out the issue of the show making it appears she COULD have had something to do with her first husband’s disappearance. “Perhaps most pernicious is the overarching implication in ‘Tiger King 1’ that Carole Baskin was involved in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997,” she concluded.
The show is set to premiere on November 17.