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Joe Exotic speaking after the release of the second season of “Tiger King”.

The 58-year-old former zoo owner rose to fame in 2020 as the subject of Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary, about his rivalry with fellow big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin.


The saga culminates with the conviction of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldanado-Passage, who has been in prison for more than two decades for his involvement in a conspiracy to murder against Baskin, 60.

The streamer recently dropped the second season of the hit show, which features interviews with Maldonado-Passage and several others, going back to their previous allegations that the owner of the zoo was guilty. He has maintained his innocence in both seasons.

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The star recently wrote a lengthy letter to the New York Post, in which he insisted that former President Donald Trump disappointed “millions” when he did not pardon Maldonado-Passage.

“President Trump was an idiot who didn’t forgive me,” wrote Maldonado-Passage, who once ran for president himself. “Before the election, millions were expecting it because they know I’m innocent, most of it in TK2 [‘Tiger King 2’] And the same will happen for President Biden, the world will know the truth [when the new season is released] And that and VP [Kamala] Harris ran on justice and prison reform.”

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He couple That his release from prison before the holidays “would be in the interest of American justice for President Biden”. He also urged “accusing people with perjury and other pertinent allegations, or injustice really going to cost the votes in 2022 as people wonder if this could happen to them under their watch.”

The Netflix star said she was inspired to send a letter via snail mail to the outlet because federal prison staff made it difficult for her to communicate with reporters via phone and email.

Maldonado-Passage is currently serving in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.

“For 3 years they ‘government’ kept me isolated, blocked my phone numbers and journalists, rejected any emails telling the truth to my lawyers, barred me from speaking to the press and my Supervised every legal call that was there,” Maldonado-Passage alleged.

He continued: “Now take the standard of care for a chimpanzee’s cage size, diet, enrichment, and compare it to the care of a human in a city, county, state or federal. America requires the care of a chimpanzee. Cares more. The zoo is so your family member is in jail. How is that possible? Look at it.”

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Since his imprisonment, Maldonado-Passage has teamed up with Jeff Lowe, the former co-owner of his now-defunct zoo, to combat Baskin and Fed-On.

“Jeff Lowe was videotaping the agents, setting it up, rehearsing [sic] His testimony and fabricated evidence the whole time and have turned it into my lawyers, 4 cellphones and 3 TB hard drives,” he wrote.

Maldonado-Passage has been convicted of plotting to murder big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin.

He also pointed to the testimony of hitman Alan Glover that he had given perjury when he said that Maldonado-Passage had hired him to kill Baskin. Glover also claimed in the second season of the documentary that he and Lowe were actually planning to kill Maldonado-Passage.

“We’ve got an affidavit from Alan Glover saying he lied to the grand jury and my jury that I didn’t do anything,” he continued. “The Feds and Jeff Lowe told her I did and she admitted under oath that she and Jeff + Lauren Lowe’s original plan was to kill me to get to the zoo. And even took [my attorney] John Phillips and the producers of Netflix show Oklahoma to the zoo and show them where he hid the murder weapon, yes the plan was to kill me and it failed[y] Get me ready to take you to my zoo.”

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Last week, Maldonado-Passage was transferred from a prison in Texas to a prison in North Carolina, where he will undergo treatment for prostate cancer.

“I want to go out and testify in Congress about the Big Cat Safety Act and what a scam it is to create a monopoly with PETA and Dan Ashe. [Association of Zoos and Aquariums],” he said while opposing the association’s role in certifying zoos.

Maldonado-Passage once owned a zoo in Oklahoma.  He has been charged with animal cruelty.

While Maldonado-Passage didn’t have anything positive to say with regards to Trump or Biden, he praised Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has opposed limits on big cat ownership.

“I was the biggest breeder in the world. I know everything about their scandals, so I’m the only one in jail,” said the former zoo owner. “They had to kill me or silence me. I know the truth, let me speak. Senator Ted Cruz knows the truth. I want America to have my voice!”

Representatives for Trump, Biden and the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.