ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carole Baskin, who grew to become a popular culture sensation as a consequence of Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” is being sued for defamation by a former assistant. As a part of the lawsuit, the daughters of Baskin’s former husband are looking for extra details about what occurred to their father, who disappeared mysteriously greater than twenty years in the past.
The amended criticism to an earlier lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state courtroom in Tampa by Don Lewis’ three daughters, Donna Pettis, Lynda Sanchez, and Gale Rathbone, in addition to his former assistant, Anne McQueen. It additionally names Baskin’s present husband and her tiger rescue sanctuary as defendants.
The lawsuit mentioned that Baskin defamed McQueen by posting a video diary entry on YouTube earlier this month through which she says McQueen performed a task in Lewis’ disappearance. These statements and embezzlement allegations additionally had been made on Baskin’s web site, “bigcatrescue.org,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The lawsuit is also looking for what is called a “pure invoice of discovery,” which permits info in a case to be gathered earlier than a civil criticism is filed.
“Regardless of contentions on the contrary, the reality has by no means been explored in any courtroom and there’s a good religion foundation to imagine the reality will open up many viable treatments,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The pure invoice of discovery “can be helpful to determine potential defendants and theories of legal responsibility and to acquire info vital for assembly a situation precedent to submitting go well with,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Lewis’s disappearance stays an open case. In March, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister introduced that his workplace was looking for new leads following the recognition of Netflix’s “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.”
The documentary is about Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also called “Joe Unique,” a former Oklahoma zookeeper. He was convicted of making an attempt to rent somebody to kill Baskin, who had tried to close him down, accusing the Oklahoma zoo of abusing animals and promoting huge cat cubs.
In retaliation, Maldonado-Passage raised questions on Lewis’ disappearance. The documentary extensively lined Maldonado-Passage’s repeated accusations that Baskin killed her husband and presumably fed him to her tigers. Baskin, who based Huge Cat Rescue, has by no means been charged with any crime and launched a press release refuting the accusations made within the sequence.
Baskin, who’s a contestant on the present, “Dancing With The Stars” this season, mentioned nothing when judges of the TV dance competitors made references in jest to the idea that Lewis was killed and fed to the tigers at her sanctuary, the lawsuit mentioned.
Attorneys for Baskin mentioned Wednesday they couldn’t touch upon pending litigation.
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