'Tiger King 2': Carole Baskin Lawsuit Against Netflix and Royal Goode Productions Denied

Tiger King stars Carole Baskin and Howard Baskin announced big news on Nov. 1. The couple had plans to sue Netflix and Royal Goode Productions for Tiger King Season 2. But that same day, their request for a temporary restraining order was denied, putting the Baskins back at square one.

‘Tiger King’ Season 2 release date and trailer 

On Sept. 23, 2021, Netflix confirmed another season of Tiger King. The viral sensation surrounds the story of big cat enthusiast and murder-for-hire plotter Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Better known as Joe Exotic, Tiger King 2 will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 17 and continue his story.

Plus, Netflix subscribers will get to see more from the other characters in the series. In the Tiger King Season 2 trailer, fans see glimpses of Maldonado-Passage serving time in prison. There are also more details about the ongoing investigation into Baskin’s former husband Don Lewis’ disappearance. The new season will also cover Jeff Lowe’s legal problems. 

Carole and Howard Baskin remain part of ‘Tiger King’ Season 2

Per Baskin’s letter, their agreement to work with Goode and Chaiklin was “expressly limited to using [their] film footage in a single documentary motion picture.” Baskin and his wife made it clear they didn’t want anything to do with future seasons of Tiger King. What’s more, they were “shocked to see [they] were going to be a central theme of the sequel, and they were using the film footage again without our permission.” 

Baskin say they should be able to protect their reputations. But as Deadline reported the evening of Nov. 1, the Florida judge the couple submitted their lawsuit to denied their request. 

“While the Court understands the Baskins’ frustration, it does not appear that inclusion of Defendants’ footage of the Baskins will cause any immediate harm that cannot be compensated with monetary damages,” Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington said. “Importantly, the Court merely finds that the Baskins are not entitled to the extraordinary remedy of a temporary restraining order, which would be entered before Defendants have had an adequate opportunity to respond.”

The Baskin’s request for a ‘temporary restraining order against Netflix’ to stop season 2

In a statement from Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue, Howard shares details about their lawsuit. “Today Carole and I filed a motion in Federal Court in Tampa asking for a temporary restraining order against Netflix and Royal Goode Productions from showing Tiger King Season 2,” he says.

The couple believes producers don’t have the right to use footage gathered while filming Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Carole and Howard have both expressed distaste for their portrayal in Tiger King. Their feelings haven’t changed, as outlined in Baskin’s letter. “We believe that [Tiger King] showed Goode and Chaiklin to be devoid of ethics, integrity, and any concern for the welfare of big cats,” he writes. 

Baskin adds how Goode and Chaiklin approached the couple in 2014 about the documentary. “They told us that they were making a documentary to expose the illicit big cat trade [similar to the] Blackfish documentary,” he says, calling Tiger King “anything but a legitimate documentary.”

Stream the first season of Tiger King on Netflix. Watch Tiger King Season 2 beginning Nov. 17.

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