Tiger King star Carole Baskin is suing Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions over allegedly unauthorized footage in the new documentary, “Tiger King 2.”
On Monday, Baskin and her husband Howard Baskin filed a lawsuit against the two companies, alleging that Royal Goode Productions had broken the contract by using images of her and her husband in “Tiger King 2.” According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by Variety, the Baskins only signed “Tiger King” appearance release forms.
The lawsuit states that “realizing that the appearance frees Royal Goode Productions’ use of footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue in the sole initial documentary film, the Baskins believed that any sequel – though heinous – would not include any of the their images. “
As sued, the lawsuit also mentioned that “appearance releases Royal Goode Productions ‘limited right to use footage of the Baskins’ film in“ a documentary film. ”Throughout appearance releases, there is no a only a reference and a mention of the “image.” No mention is made of the granting of resale rights to Royal Goode Production, of rights to create works derived from the “image” or of additional seasons or episodes. “
Further, the lawsuit alleges that “‘Tiger King 1’ was particularly harsh and unfair in its description of Baskins and Big Cat Rescue. The ‘Tiger King 1’ series erroneously attempted to suggest that Big Cat Rescue mistreated its animals by keeping them in very small cages without making it clear that the animals actually reside in large enclosures. “
In conclusion, the lawsuit confirms that, since Netflix and Royal Goode Productions used certain film footage in “sizzling reels” and “promotional trailers for the sequel titled” Tiger King 2, “they violated the terms of press, allowing the Baskins to take the case to a jury.
Netflix declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Baskin has consistently expressed his disdain for the hit Netflix documentary since its premiere on March 20, 2020. The documentary, which focuses on the bizarre stories surrounding Greater Wynnewood Exotic Wildlife Park founder Joe Exotic, has grown in popularity as many people remained indoors due to the emergence of the covid19 pandemic.
Exotic will not appear in “Tiger King 2” as he is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for hiring someone to murder Baskin as well as a number of animal abuse charges.
“Tiger King 2” will be released on Netflix on November 17th.
Newsweek has contacted Royal Goode Productions for further comment.