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Tiger King 2: Carole Baskin has ‘no claim at all’ in lawsuit against Netflix

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Netflix has addressed Carole Baskin’s lawsuit (Picture: Netflix)

Netflix has said Carole Baskin has ‘no claim at all’ in a lawsuit against the platform over the use of footage of her in Tiger King 2.

Baskin and her husband Howard launched legal action against the streaming giant and production company Royal Goode Productions alleging breach of contract following the release of the trailer.

The wildlife conservation advocate, who argues she was unfairly portrayed in the first season of wildly popular documentary series Tiger King, objects to appearing in the upcoming chapter which is due to arrive later this month.

Baskin, 60, filed a lawsuit in Florida saying she only signed appearance release forms for the original episodes, which prominently explored the mysterious disappearance of her previous husband.

She and Howard are demanding the footage of them be removed from Tiger King 2.

Netflix and Royal Goode Productions have now responded and called for the motion to be denied.

Baskin and her husband signed releases in 2019 that ‘explicitly permit’ the use of the footage in later projects, according to a court filing.

The motion should be denied as it ‘strikes at the heart of the First Amendment’ of the US Constitution protecting free speech, Netflix argued.

An evidentiary hearing in the case is ‘futile’ due to the ‘insurmountable constitutional hurdle’, the streamer said.

The filing, which said Baskin became a ‘pop culture phenomenon’ as a result of Tiger King, added she had ‘no claim at all’ and her ‘breach of contract claim is merely a red herring, lacking any merit’.

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Carole and her husband Howard shot to fame in the first chapter of Tiger King (Picture: Netflix)

Netflix has already scored a legal victory in the case. A Florida judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would block footage of Baskin and her husband in the Tiger King 2.

The judge ruled 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’, according to court documents.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, And Madness arrived on Netflix in March 2020 and exploded in popularity while much of the world was in lockdown.

It told the story of Baskin’s nemesis, big cat enthusiast Joe Exotic, who is serving 22 years in federal prison for animal abuse charges and trying to hire two different men to kill her.

An appeals court has since ruled Exotic should receive a shorter sentence.

Baskin vehemently denies any wrongdoing in the unsolved 1997 disappearance of her ex-husband Don Lewis.

Tiger King 2 will stream on Netflix from November 17.


Credit: Original article published here.

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