Judge, Obviously A Fan of Joe Exotic, Tosses Out Carole Baskin Lawsuit To Halt ‘Tiger King 2’

Carole Baskins is pissed that she is involved in the second offering of Tiger King — the show will start Nov. 17, and you can check out the preview here — so much so that she filed a lawsuit to stop the show.

It did not go her way. Thank goodness.

Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington ruled against Ole Carole on Monday.

“While the Court understands the Baskins’ frustration, it does not appear that inclusion of Defendants’ footage of the Baskins will cause any immediate harm that cannot be compensated with monetary damages,” the Judge said. “Importantly, the Court merely finds that the Baskins are not entitled to the extraordinary remedy of a temporary restraining order, which would be entered before Defendants have had an adequate opportunity to respond.”

Baskins was the antagonist in the initial offering of the show and was polarizing at best, with some folks loving her and many thinking she fed her first husband to tigers.

Anyways, she thought the show sucked and made it pretty clear she did not want to participate in it going forward.

So… she didn’t.

That did not stop the team from using old footage for the new season. How much she is involved, who knows, we only have the trailer to go off of.

Baskin — along with her husband — filed a lawsuit in federal court in Florida on Monday to protect the footage of her, Howard, and Big Cat Rescue.

The lawsuit read: “Defendants’ unauthorized use of the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases will cause the Baskins irreparable injury for which the Baskins have no adequate remedy at law. 

The suit also claimed that “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.

“By utilizing the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases in ‘sizzle reels’ and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled Tiger King 2, the Defendants are in breach of the terms of the Appearance Releases.”

The lawsuit also stated, “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 trailer gave glimpses of Tim Stark, Jeff Lowe, Allen Glover, and James Garretson. It gave a couple seconds of Joe Exotic, though he is in prison, so it is unlikely has has much of a role here.

The trailer also shows some (seemingly) illegal activities and plenty law enforcement officers. Which, let’s be honest, with this group of mouth breathers will be no shock if they do a bunch of dumb shit and all end up in jail.

Written by Malcolm Henry

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