Tiger King's Joe Exotic on Carole Baskin prison sentence: 'I'm ashamed of myself'

Joe Exotic, who’s real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 57, has admitted he is “ashamed” of himself for keeping wild animals locked up after always defending his actions for years. The 57-year-old is serving his 22-year sentence for plotting to murder animal rights activist, Carole Baskin, 58.

The Netflix star told Netflix from prison that he is “done” with his previous attitude towards animals and is “ashamed” of his behaviour.

He said in a video that was shared from Netflix’s Twitter account: “Go sit in a cage with your animals for a week.

“I mean, when I left the zoo and sent my chimpanzees to the sanctuary in Florida and imagined what my chimpanzees went through for 18 years, I’m ashamed of myself.”

The zoo owner then went on to express his thoughts on Carole Baskin, the animal rights activist who he “planned to murder”.

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Tiger King is a Netflix documentary that follows the life of Joe Exotic, an owner of GW Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, where more than 1,200 animals are kept in captivity.

The Mirror reported there is a chance Joe had contracted coronavirus in prison and has been self-isolating, according to a report from prison.

This comes after some inmates at his previous prison tested positive for covid-19.

Joe’s fourth husband, Dillon Passage, 24, previously spoke out as he was concerned that Joe could potentially have the deadly bug, according to The Mirror.

Dillon told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM Radio Andy Show on Wednesday: “We speak like three to five times every day, but since he’s been moved to this new facility, they are putting him on a COVID-19 isolation because of the previous jail he was at, there were cases.”

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“I’ve yet to speak to him since he moved.”

Dillon then confirmed that Joe “is in his own COVID-19 quarantine” as he said: “From what I know, yes. From what he told me.”

The publication revealed that TV station KFDX-TV first reported that Joe tested positive and had been transferred, however, they then corrected the report and said the star had been “transferred to quarantine”.


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