‘Tiger King’: Judge Shoots Down Carole Baskin’s Lawsuit To Stop Season 2 Release

by Clayton Edwards
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Tiger King season 2 is right around the corner and just about everyone is ready to see the rest of the story. Everybody, that is, except for Carole Baskin. She let the world know how she felt about the continuation of the series shortly after the trailer dropped. To be fair, the show painted her as a villain at times in the first installment. Then, the internet latched onto the implication that she murdered her ex-husband. As a result, she and her husband filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the show’s producers.

According to Deadline, Carole and Howard Baskin filed a contract lawsuit in Tampa, Florida on November first. The suit claimed that Netflix and Tiger King producers Royal Goode Productions used “unauthorized” footage of her in the upcoming docuseries. The Baskins only agreed to be part of the original Tiger King, according to the suit.

Carole Baskin didn’t just want money from Netflix and Royal Goode, though. She wanted a temporary restraining order that would stop Tiger King 2 from dropping later this month. A few hours later, a federal judge shot down that restraining order.

Judge Virginia M. Hernandez spoke about the court’s decision. “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,” she said of Carole Baskin’s lawsuit.

Judge Hernandez went on to say, that the court couldn’t grant them such an “extraordinary remedy” before Netflix and Royal Goode had time to respond.

More About Carole Baskin’s Lawsuit

Netflix has no right to use any footage of her leftover from the making of Tiger King. At least, that’s how Carole and Howard Baskin see it.

Carole Baskin’s suit states that she wants the second season of the show stopped. Additionally, she wants Netflix and Royal Goode to cover her court costs and pay out for damages. The suit reads, in part, “Defendants’ unauthorized use of the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases will cause the Baskins irreparable injury for which the Baskins have no adequate remedy at law.”

Howard Baskin told Deadline how he felt about Tiger King as well as his and Carole’s suit. “While we cannot stop Netflix and Royal Goode Productions from producing low-brow, salacious and sensational programming, we do believe that we have the right to control footage filmed of us under false pretenses.”