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'Tiger King' Star Joe Exotic Suffers Setback In $94 Million Lawsuit Over Alleged False Arrest

By Ryan Naumann

Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic is facing a huge setback in the civil lawsuit he brought over his alleged “false arrest.”

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Federal Court judge is recommending Exotic’s $94 million lawsuit be dismissed. Exotic is suing his former zoo partner, Jeff Lowe, the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service and the United States Department of Interior.

In newly filed court docs, the judge says Exotic’s civil case cannot be brought until his criminal appeal is heard. Exotic is in the middle of appealing his 22-year prison sentence.

The judge says Exotics civil lawsuit, “largely challenges the circumstances surrounding his allegedly “false arrest,” the criminal investigation (including his “intentional entrapment”), his allegedly “malicious prosecution,” his trial proceedings with purportedly “perjured testimony,” his “false conviction,” and his “false imprisonment.”

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The judge says Exotic filed the wrong type of suit and needs to “file the case as a habeas corpus.” A final decision on Exotic’s case will be made by a separate federal court judge.

As The Blast first reported, 57-year-old Exotic is currently incarcerated at FMC Fort Worth in Texas. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison relating to charges he hired a hitman to kill his rival Carole Baskin along with him killing several tigers. Exotic is currently appealing the prison sentence believing he should be free.


Exotic's $94 million lawsuit was filed against his former zoo-partner Jeff Lowe along with the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service, the United States Department of Interior along with James Garretson, Daniel Ashe, and Allen Glover.

Prior to being arrested Exotic sold his G.W. Zoo to Lowe, who has changed the name to Greater Wynnewood Animal Park.

In his lawsuit, Exotic accused the defendants of conspiring together to have him falsely arrested. He accuses the defendants of violating his civil rights including due process, selective enforcement, discrimination, right to post pond, false imprisonment, false arrest, perjury, and entrapment.”

Exotic believes there was a wide-reaching conspiracy involving officials out to get him. He believes they launched an investigation to “allow them to file charges to put me in jail and out of business. Therefore stealing my property and promoting an animal rights agenda.”

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