Carole Baskin, whose longstanding quarrel with Joe Exotic was chronicled in the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” has been awarded the zoo once occupied by her nemesis.
A judge decided for Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation Monday in a lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC. The latter organization used to be owned by Exotic, whose genuine name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage.
The order gives Baskin control of around 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, that is home to an animal park with a variety of big felines.
GWDC must “vacate the Zoo Land premises within 120 days of service of this Order …Vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land,” the court order said.
The judgment additionally awarded a few cabins and vehicles to Baskin, as indicated by court records.
Baskin, who possesses an animal sanctuary in Florida, had for years been a vocal pundit of Maldonado-Passage’s animal park, a fight that escalated into a court fight.
Maldonado-Passage contended that Baskin was attempting to destroy his business with an online smear campaign in videos she presented on her YouTube page and social media channels. In the meantime, Baskin contended that Exotic was manhandling his creatures and crusaded against his use of tigers for benefit.
He was indicted a year ago in a murder for recruit plot against Baskin and is carrying out a 22-year sentence for the hit attempt and different wrongdoings that incorporate creature misuse.
Court documents charge he attempted to pay a contract killer $3,000 to execute Baskin and that he shot and killed five tigers, sold infant lemurs, and falsified desk paperwork to say they were given.
In 2011, Baskin won a trademark encroachment claim against Maldanado-Passage, who was ordered to pay her $1 million. In a second suit, documented in 2016, she claimed he had thusly moved the Oklahoma property to his mom in an offer to avoid loan creditors. On Monday a government judge in Oklahoma City ordered that the property be gone over to Baskin.
A lawyer for Jeff Lowe, the present proprietor of the park, disclosed to CNN the judgment was not sudden.
“We anticipated Carol Baskin getting the title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we did not challenge her attempts to do so,” Walter Mosley said Monday. “All of Jeff’s focus is on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, (Oklahoma), which should be opening in the next 120 days.”
Baskin’s husband, Howard Baskin, recognized the judgment on Big Cat Rescue’s site, presenting links to the court documents and composing that the documents “speak for themselves.”
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