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Joe Exotic: ‘Tiger King 2’ proves my innocence, Trump was ‘fool’ not to pardon me


Joe Exotic tells The Post in a four-page letter from federal jail that “Tiger King 2” proves him to be “innocent,” that former President Donald Trump was “a fool” to not pardon him, and that President Biden ought to grant him clemency.

The 58-year-old former Oklahoma zookeeper, whose actual title is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was convicted in 2019 of paying successful man $3,000 to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

The unlikely Netflix star was sentenced to 22 years in jail final yr, however says he desires of getting out and testifying earlier than Congress in opposition to Baskin’s push to limit possession of huge cats.

The self-described “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet” says Trump disillusioned “millions” by not setting him free and he claims that Biden will undergo an electoral backlash if he doesn’t do it. 

Joe Exotic slammed President Donald Trump for not pardoning him.
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“President Trump was a fool not to pardon me,” Joe Exotic writes. “Before the election, millions of people were hoping for it as they know I’m innocent, most of this is in TK2 [‘Tiger King 2’] and it will be the same for President Biden, the world will know the truth [when the new season is released] and him and VP [Kamala] Harris ran on justice and prison reform.”

“It would be in the interest of American Justice for President Biden to pardon me before the holidays and charge 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,” he provides.

Joe Exotic additionally gripes that federal jail employees are making it powerful for him to talk with reporters by cellphone or electronic mail, which he says made the handwritten snail mail word crucial.

Season 2 of Netflix's Tiger King was released on November 17, 2021.
Season 2 of Netflix’s “Tiger King” was launched on November 17, 2021.
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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,” he claims.

Joe Exotic provides: “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 requires and cares more about the care of a chimp in a zoo then [sic] your family member in jail. How is this possible? Look it up.”

The most dramatic revelation within the new season of “Tiger King” — which premiered final week — comes from Allen Glover, an affiliate of Jeff Lowe, a former enterprise accomplice of Joe Exotic who he claims set him up to steal his zoo.

Glover initially advised investigators he was employed to kill Baskin. But in “Tiger King 2,” the would-be hitman says he dedicated perjury.

Glover, an ex-con with a teardrop tattoo that he claims is a tribute to his grandmother and not a homicide confession, says within the new season that he and Lowe truly had been scheming to homicide Joe Exotic. Glover even brings a documentary crew to the spot on the Oklahoma zoo the place he mentioned he and Lowe had been planning to place a wire to decapitate Joe Exotic if he drove by on a four-wheeler at a excessive pace.

Biden has not but issued any government reprieves — regardless of campaigning on mass clemency for marijuana inmates and exploring sentence reductions for folks quickly out of jail due to COVID-19 — however Joe Exotic says he’s nonetheless hopeful. In the letter, Joe Exotic notes that even his longtime enemy Lowe agreed to help his authorized crew as they discover widespread foes within the feds and Baskin.

“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 harddrives,” Joe Exotic writes.

The former Oklahoma zookeeper was convicted in 2019 of paying a hit man $3,000 to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
The former Oklahoma zookeeper was convicted in 2019 of paying successful man $3,000 to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

“We have sworn affidavits from Allen Glover stating he lied to the grand jury and to my jury that I done nothing. The feds and Jeff Lowe made him say I did and he under oath admitted that he and Jeff + Lauren Lowe’s original plan was to kill me to get the zoo. And even took [my attorney] John Phillips and the producer of Netflix to Oklahoma to the zoo and showed them where he hid the murder weapon, yes the plan was to kill me and it failed so the[y] set me up to take my zoo.”

Joe Exotic first ripped Trump when the forty fifth president left workplace on Jan. 20 with out granting him a pardon. The former zookeeper’s supporters had attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally forward of the Capitol riot and had been so satisfied clemency could be granted that that they had a limo on standby on Trump’s closing day as president. An indignant Joe Exotic wrote that he was “too innocent and too GAY” for Trump.

Joe Exotic was abruptly transferred final week from a federal jail in Texas to one in North Carolina, the place he’ll obtain remedy for prostate most cancers. However, the switch made it much more troublesome for him to reap publicity from the present.

Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado-Passage with one of his tigers on January 20, 2020.
Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage with one among his tigers on January 20, 2020.
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After Joe Exotic went to jail, Baskin assumed management of his zoo as cost of a $1 million authorized judgement that went in opposition to the tiger king in a 2013 trademark infringement case. Lowe, who had managed the zoo, transferred a lot of the animals to a close-by property earlier than most had been confiscated by officers for alleged mistreatment.

“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],” Joe Exotic writes, including that he strongly opposes the AZA’s function in certifying that zoos are up to snuff.

One politician will get a good point out within the letter: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has confronted criticism from Baskin for not supporting restrictions on massive cat possession.

Joe Exotic feeds a tiger
Joe Exotic first ripped Trump when the forty fifth president left workplace on Jan. 20 with out granting him a pardon.
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“I was the largest breeder in the world. I know everything about their scams is why I’m the only one in jail. They had to kill me or shut me up. I know the truth, let me speak. Senator Ted Cruz knows the truth. I need America to be my voice!” Joe Exotic wrote.

Joe Exotic’s 22-year sentence is within the means of being diminished pursuant to a July federal appeals court docket ruling. In addition to his murder-for-hire conviction, he was convicted of 17 legal counts of doctoring animal information and killing and promoting tigers.

Spokespeople for Baskin, Biden, Trump and the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not instantly reply to requests for remark.

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