Carol Baski of ‘Tiger King’ fame sued for defamation

Orlando, Fla. (AP) – Carol Baskin, who became a sensation of pop culture due to Netflix documents “Tiger King”, is being slandered by a former aide. As part of the lawsuit, the daughters of Baskin’s ex-husband are seeking more information about what happened to their father, who mysteriously disappeared more than two decades ago.

A revised complaint from a previous lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Tampa State Court by Don Lewis’ three daughters, Donna Pattis, Linda Sanchez and Gail Rethbone, as well as her former aide, McN. It also names Baskin’s current husband and her hair salon as accused.

The lawsuit alleges that Baskin defamed McQueen by posting a video diary entry on YouTube earlier this month in which she said McQueen had a role in Lewis’ disappearance. These statements and allegations of embezzlement were also made on Baskin’s website, “” Were made on, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit is also seeking what is known as a “pure bill of discovery,” which allows the collection of case information before filing a civil complaint.

“Despite conflicting arguments, the truth has never been discovered in any court and there is a good faith to believe the truth that many viable solutions will open,” the lawsuit said.

The Pure Bill of Discovery will be useful in identifying potential defendants and the principles of liability and obtaining the information needed to address the antecedents of filing a lawsuit, the lawsuit states.

The disappearance of Lewis is an open case. In March, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Cronist announced that his office was seeking new leads. Following the popularity of Netflix, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

This documentary is about Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Oklahoma’s former zoo, “Jotic X Ex Tick”. He tried to hire someone to kill Baskin, accusing him of abusing animals and selling big kittens at the Oklahoma Zoo.

In return, Maldonado-Passage raised questions about Luis’ disappearance. The document broadly covers repeated allegations made by Maldonado-Passage that Basque killed her husband and possibly fed him hair. Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, has never been charged with a crime and has denied the allegations in a series of statements.

Baskin, who is a competitor In the show “Dancing with the Stars” this season, the judges of the TV dance competition said nothing when referring to the mockery of believing that Lewis had been murdered and fed hair in her sanctuary, the lawsuit said.

Prosecutors for Baskin said Wednesday they could not comment on the pending lawsuit. In an email to the Associated Press late Wednesday, Baskin said she would never joke about her husband’s loss.

“I didn’t kill him or kill him, so there’s no way I can beat him with that word or concept,” Baskin said. “Any Tiger King reference to murder or homicide is based on the sternness that many animal abusers have tried unsuccessfully to kill me by killing their offspring or hiring hit men.”


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