The saga concluded with the sentencing of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldanado-Passage to over two decades in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin, 60.
The streamer recently dropped a second season of the hit show, which features interviews from Maldanado-Passage and several others involved in the ordeal who seemingly walk back on their previous allegations that the zoo owner was guilty. He has maintained his innocence throughout the two seasons.
Joseph ‘Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage attacked President Trump and claimed that the second series of ‘Tiger King’ proved his innocence in a letter to The New York Post.
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The star recently wrote a lengthy letter to the New York Post, in which he asserted that former President Donald Trump disappointed “millions” when he did not grant a pardon to Maldonado-Passage.
“President Trump was a fool not to pardon me,” wrote Maldonado-Passage, who once ran for president himself. “Before the election millions of people hoped for it as they know that I’m innocent. The world will know the truth [when the new season is released]. He and VP [Kamala] Harris ran for justice and prison reform. “
He added that his release from prison “would be in the interest of American Justice for President Biden” ahead of the holidays. He also urged for the charging of “those with perjury and other suitable charges, or the injustice is really going to cost votes in 2022 as the people wonder if this could happen to them under his watch. “
The Netflix star said that he was pushed to send a letter via snail mail to the outlet as federal prison employees have made it difficult for him to communicate with reporters via phone and email.
Maldonado Passage is currently in prison for his involvement in a plot to murder-for-hire.
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“For 3 years they ‘the Government’ has kept me in isolation, blocked numbers and reporters from my phone, rejected any email that tells the truth to my attorneys, kept me from talking to the press and monitored every legal call I’ve had,” Maldonado-Passage alleged.
He added: “Now take the standard of care for a chimp cage size, diet, enrichment and compare that to the care of a human in city, county, state or federal. America cares more about the care for chimps in zoos than it does for family members in jail. How is that possible? It’s possible. “
Since his imprisonment, Maldonado-Passage has even teamed up with Jeff Lowe, the former co-owner of his now-disbanded zoo, to take on Baskin and the feds head-on.
“Jeff Lowe was videotaping the agents, setting this up, rehersing [sic] their testimony and fabricating evidence the whole time and has turned it all over to my attorneys, 4 cellphones and 3 TB of hard drives,” he wrote.
Maldonado Passage was convicted of conspiring to kill Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast.
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He also pointed to would-be hitman Allen Glover’s testimony that he committed perjury when he said Maldonado-Passage hired him to kill Baskin. Glover also claimed that he and Lowe had actually planned to kill Maldonado Passage in the second season.
“We have sworn affidavits from Allen Glover stating he lied to the grand jury and to my jury that I done nothing,” he continued. He said he did, and Jeff Lowe and the feds made him swear that he had. Lauren Lowe and Jeff Lowe originally planned to kill me in order to get the zoo. He even took [my attorney] John Phillips, the producer of Netflix, to Oklahoma and showed them where he had hidden the murder weapon. The [y] then set me up to take my own zoo. “
“My wish is to get out and testify to Congress about the Big Cat Safety Act and what a scam it is to create a monopoly for PETA and Dan Ashe with the [Association of Zoos and Aquariums],” he said, noting his opposition to the Association’s role in certifying zoos.
Maldonado Passage owned an Oklahoma zoo. He has been accused for animal cruelty.
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“I was the largest breeder in the world. The former owner of the zoo said that she knows everything about their scams, which is why she’s the only one in prison. “They had to either kill me or lock me up. Let me tell the truth. Senator Ted Cruz knows all the truth. America is my voice. “
Reps for Trump, Biden and the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.