Tiger King's Carole Baskin sues Netflix over season 2

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness star Carole Baskin has filed a suit against streaming service Netflix over her appearance in the upcoming second season of the docu-series.

The conservationist argues that the streaming giant and Royal Goode Productions breached their contract by continuing to use footage of her and husband Howard in the new episodes.

According to the suit (via Variety), Carole and Howard only signed appearance release forms for the original docuseries, which went on to become a global hit when it was released in 2020.

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Photo credit: Netflix

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"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 read.

"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 lawsuit continues.

According to the documents, the Baskins are asking that Netflix and Royal Goode Productions remove any and all footage of them from Tiger King 2, and seek to take the case in front of a jury. Netflix has declined to comment.

Consisting of five episodes, Tiger King season 2 will see Baskin closing in on the ownership of the now-incarcerated Joe Exotic's zoo, while Allen Glover, Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark and James Garretson also speak to the cameras again.

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Photo credit: Netflix

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Back in February, Baskin herself explained why she wouldn't make an appearance in any future episodes of the series after directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin reached out to her and her husband Howard about a follow-up season.

"When [Rebecca] said she wanted to clear the air, I felt like, you know, that's just absolutely ridiculous. It was so obvious that I had been betrayed by them. Why would she ever think that I would be willing to speak to them again? And so I told her to just lose my number," Carole explained.

"They took so many things out of context and allowed people who know nothing about my history or about the relationship that I had with my former husband Don Lewis, just a bunch of animal abusers out there saying things about me that they said for years but nobody ever paid them any attention.

"And then Tiger King gave them a microphone that took it into – I heard something like 64 million people have seen it and they never would have got that kind of attention on their own because people can easily look up [what happened] if they have any interest at all because of the court records and see that most of the stuff they were saying was just untrue."

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to stream now on Netflix and season 2 will premiere on November 17, 2021.

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