Carole Baskin suing Netflix over Tiger King 2
Goodbye, all you cool cats and kittens.
Carole Baskin is suing Netflix for their use of footage of her in Tiger King 2 which is due to release on 17 November.
According to Variety, the lawsuit is being filed against the producers of the documentary sequel, Royal Good Productions.
Baskin said she had signed a release form to be featured in the original Tiger King season which aired in 2020, but not the second.
“The Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions’ right to use film footage of the Baskins to ‘a documentary motion picture.’ Throughout the Appearance Releases there is only reference to and mention of ‘the Picture.’ No mention is made of granting Royal Goode Production sequel rights, rights to create derivative works from ‘the Picture’ or additional seasons or episodes," according to the filed lawsuit.
“By utilizing the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases in ‘sizzle reels’ and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled ‘Tiger King 2,’ the Defendants are in breach of the terms of the Appearance Releases.”
Baskin also makes reference to the original season of the series, and how it was allegedly "harsh and unfair in its depiction of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue."
Tiger King was wildly popular at the time of its release, with many conspiracy theories about the people involved, Baskin included.
Most notably was the theory that Baskin had assisted in the disappearance of Don Lewis, her first husband. Baskin once again refuted that claim in court documents in relation to the lawsuit.
"Perhaps most pernicious is the overarching implication in ‘Tiger King 1’ that Carole Baskin was involved in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997.”
The Baskins are demanding that any footage featuring them be removed from the film before its premiere on 17 November, and hope to take the case to court.
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