Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix’s Tiger King documentary, is calling for help from the federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is currently serving his 22 year sentence for attempting to contract the killing of his nemesis, Carole Baskin, several violations of the Endangered Species Act, and additional counts of animal cruelty.
In a Facebook message, the disgraced former zookeeper forever associated with the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, said that he is sure he has prostate cancer. His PSA numbers are very high, and he is experiencing other symptoms, like weight loss, exhaustion, mouth sores and “throwing up more than I eat.”
“I don’t want anyone’s pity,” he wrote. “I need the world to … get President Biden, VP Harris and the Attorney General to listen to the evidence and see that it’s not just city cops out of control with corruption, but his very own Department of Justice.”
In a follow-up interview with TMZ, lawyer John M. Phillips who represents Exotic (whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage, née Schreibvogel) said “the prison has approved testing,” but his client has not yet been diagnosed by a doctor.
In January, when Donald Trump left office, Exotic suggested his continued incarceration meant he was “was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon.” Previously, a private investigator and philanthropist named Eric Love led a “Team Tiger” caravan by bus and private plane to deliver a 257-page case for release.
In March, Exotic and husband Dillon Passage announced they were splitting up, but were not in a hurry to formalize a legal divorce.
John Cameron Mitchell is set to play Joe Exotic in an upcoming NBC/Peacock miniseries based on the Tiger King tale, opposite Kate McKinnon as Baskin. Nicolas Cage is also sinking his carnassials into the role for a series at Amazon.
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