Joe Exotic has threatened to sue the BBC for using his song Here Kitty Kitty in the Louis Theroux documentary, Shooting Joe Exotic, according to his lawyer.
Joe is currently behind bars serving a 22 year sentence for the plot to kill his big cat rival Carole Baskin, with their feud being the centre of Netflix’s bizarre series Tiger King.
Years before Tiger King launched on the streaming service, Louis met Joe for his own documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
Shooting Joe Exotic saw the filmmaker revisit his time with the zoo keeper through a fresh lens following Joe’s prison sentence and the numerous revelations which featured in Tiger King.
Joe’s lawyer Brad Small has claimed the inmate is now taking legal action against the BBC for featuring one of his tracks, which are usually an attack on Carole.
‘They are looking into it,’ Small told the Mirror. ‘Joe is unhappy about this because he is not getting the money.
‘I am confident we will get a resolution by the end of the year.’
A spokesperson for the BBC responded: ‘BBC Studios respects all intellectual property rights and we have already been in touch with Mr Small.’
At the time of the documentary, Louis told Metro.co.uk Joe had been in touch following Tiger King, which upon its release momentarily made the problematic star the most talked about person on the planet.
‘Between 2011 when my program went out and [the release of Tiger King in 2020] to the best of my recollection we had no contact, but in 2020 after the series went out from prison [he contacted me] via someone else,’ Louis said.
‘He sent a message saying he was trying to get in touch and wanted me to come and tell “the real story”, as he put it, and then on the back of that via an intermediary we exchanged a couple of emails and then, when I went back, I visited his lawyer Francisco Hernandez a couple of times and Francisco is involved with the campaign to have Joe pardoned.
‘There’s an archive of letters coming in from Joe and Joe sending letters back and so it’s sort of dealt with in that way.’
Tiger King will be returning for a second series later this year, with a recent trailer teasing ‘more madness and mayhem.’
Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.