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Carole Baskin drops lawsuit over ‘Tiger King 2’

Baskin claims the lawsuit was dropped because of the time required to pursue it

By Patrick Clarke

Carole Baskin in Tiger King 2
Carole Baskin in 'Tiger King 2' (Photo: Netflix)

Carole Baskin has dropped a lawsuit against Netflix over their use of footage in the second season of hugely popular docuseries ‘Tiger King’.

Baskin and her husband, Howard Baskin, had sued the streaming platform for allegedly not requiring permission to use footage of her that was filmed for the first series. They had unsuccessfully sought to stop the distribution of the sequel.

Now, however, the Baskins have moved to drop the lawsuit. Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington of Tampa, Florida officially dismissed the legal action without prejudice on Wednesday (December 15).

In a statement on their website, the couple said the legal action was “never about money damages,” and claimed they dropped the lawsuit because of the time required to pursue it.

“We feel we were denied the only meaningful remedy available to us and that pursuing money damages is not the best use of our time because it reduces the time we can spend on our mission of stopping the abuse,” the statement said.

“Our time should be spent getting the Big Cat Public Safety Act through Congress to stop the cub petting and the private ownership of big cats in backyards. Rather than suing those who produce salacious lies, our time should be spent working on meaningful productions.”

The statement was also used to plug Baskin’s other TV projects for Discovery+ ‘The Conservation Game’ and ‘Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight’, and to take aim at poor reviews for the second series of ‘Tiger King’.

“Both of these productions have received very strong positive reviews in contrast to Tiger King Season 2,” their message concluded.

The Baskins are not the only ‘Tiger King‘ stars to hit out at the makers of the show. Earlier this month, Bhagavan “Doc” Antle described spin-off ‘The Doc Antle Story’ as “silly, twisted and distorted.”

According to Netflix, the spin-off focuses on “disturbing allegations of sexual abuse, violence and misconduct” by the big cat zoo owner.

Antle said that “Netflix is at it again with their tabloid style fiction based docufantasy…The story is loosely strung together by Netflix producers who are always so factual…not! They conjure up a story about a small mist that they present as a category five hurricane.”