Joe Exotic of ‘Tiger King’ Is Reportedly Being Quarantined in New Prison
Joseph Maldonado-Passage also known as “Joe Exotic” of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness ended the series by being in jail. He was recently transferred to federal prison. Find out how long he is being quarantined and the rules around it.
‘Tiger King’ followed how Joe Exotic ran his zoo
The Netflix series follows Maldonado-Passage running Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park or G.W. Zoo. Carole Baskin wanted to stop his business so they had a heated feud.
She reached out to malls to convince them to not let him bring tigers there to be petted. Maldonado-Passage made multiple videos accusing her of killing her husband, Don Lewis, who disappeared. However, there isn’t any evidence of foul play.
The documentary ends with Maldonado-Passage being in jail after being found guilty for trying to hire someone to murder Baskin. He is also still married to Dillon Passage.
According to Pink News, a follower asked Passage on Instagram if he was ashamed of what his husband did. “I am not ashamed,” he answered. “It’s no secret that Joe is my husband.” He added, “All of my friends and family know. I don’t care for the spotlight.”
Passage also said, “And frankly, I don’t really care what people think about me or my life. I’m living my life for me and it isn’t going to be out on pause because of the situation Joe and I are in.”
Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison
Maldonado-Passage was found guilty for two counts of hiring someone to murder, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, according to the Department of Justice’s release.
The release also claims he allegedly killed five tigers to make room in his cage for other big cats. The killing of the endangered species is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Maldonado-Passage filed a lawsuit after the release of Tiger King. According to TMZ, it’s against the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service for putting the “generic tiger” on the endangered species list. He claims this was done to harm his business. He wants almost $94 million to address his loss of personal property and 18 years of work.
He claimed in the lawsuit that he was “discriminated against because he is the only person charged with this statute because [he] is an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and crossbreeds.”
He is now being quarantined
Maldonado-Passage was transferred from a county jail to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas according to Entertainment Tonight. He is reportedly being quarantined as part of the new standard procedure for new inmates as a precaution to avoid the possibility of spreading the coronavirus.
This quarantine will last 14 days. Maldonado-Passage is reportedly not allowed to make calls or correspond through email in quarantine.
Producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin said the story of Tiger King is still unfolding and it’s possible they could do a second season. There has yet to be an official announcement on whether there will be a season 2.