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Judge gives control of ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic’s zoo to Carole Baskin

A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries to Joe Exotic’s chief rival. In a ruling on Monday, US District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage – also known as Joe Exotic – to Big Cat Rescue Corporation. The Florida group was founded by Carole Baskin, who also featured prominently in the hit Netflix series. Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed. READ MORE: * Joe Exotic’s husband Dillon passage surprised by Nicolas Cage casting, has ideas for who should play him * Nicolas Cage is playing Tiger King’s Joe Exotic in a new limited series * Did you think TV was done with Joe Exotic and Tiger King specials? It’s Rick Kirkham’s turn Baskin previously sued Maldonado-Passage for trademark and copyright infringements and won a $US1 million ($1.45 million) civil judgment against him. Palk’s judgment on Monday found that ownership of the zoo was fraudulently transferred to Maldonado-Passage’s mother in an attempt to avoid paying the judgment.NETFLIXCarole Baskin will take control of Joe Exotic’s zoo. The decision said the zoo animals must be removed from the property within 120 days, but it does not detail what should happen to them. Attorneys representing Big Cat Rescue Corporation did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Maldonado-Passage remains incarcerated in Fort Worth, Texas. In a handwritten letter posted Monday on Twitter, he repeated his plea for a presidential pardon.
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