The star of Netflix’s “Tiger King”, Joe Exotic, has filed a $73 million-dollar federal lawsuit against his former business partner Jeff Lowe along with several government agencies.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Joe Exotic (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage) is suing Lowe, the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service, the United State Department of Interior along with James Garrettson, Daniel Ashe and Allen Glover.
If you didn’t catch the docuseries, Exotic sold Lowe his G.W. Zoo before being sentenced. He was hit with22 years in prisonfor attempting to pay a hitman to kill a rival and killing five tiger cubs.
Lowe changed the name of the zoo to Greater Wynnewood Animal Park. We won’t spoil it but Exotic and Lowe do not get along. Exotic put together the lawsuit while incarcerated at Grady County Jail in Oklahoma.
The lawsuit 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.”
In the lawsuit, Exotic accuses the U.S. Department of Interior of conspiring to get him in trouble with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. He claims he followed the laws relating to the federal animal welfare act.
Exotic lays out a wide-reaching conspiracy by officials against him. He believes they launched an investigation into him 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.”
He believes special agents specifically targeted him and “knowingly accepting statements he knew were false, allowing his witnesses to lie under oath. Miss leading (sic) a grand jury and not seeking the truth to further an animal rights agenda. False arrest, entrapment, false imprisonment, all contributing to my mother’s death.”