AceShowbiz - Carole Baskin and her husband Howard Baskin have filed a lawsuit against Netflix. The couple sued the streaming giant for unauthorized footage of them that the company uses for the upcoming follow-up documentary series to "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness".
According to court documents, Carole sued Netflix and Royal Goode Productions in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 1. The Big Cat Rescue founder claimed that the new season is in breach of the Appearances Releases by using imagery from the Big Cat Rescue in trailers and sizzle reels.
"The Appearance Releases limited Royal Goode Productions' right to use film footage of the Baskins to 'a documentary motion picture.' Throughout the Appearance Releases there is only reference to and mention of 'the Picture,' " the docs said. "No mention is made of granting Royal Goode Production sequel rights, rights to create derivative works from ‘the Picture’ or additional seasons or episodes."
The lawsuit continued, "By utilizing the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases in 'sizzle reels' and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled Tiger King 2, the Defendants are in breach of the terms of the Appearance Releases."
The Baskins demanded that Netflix removes all footage and imagery of her from the forthcoming season.
Additionally, Carole blasted the first season of "Tiger King" in the court documents. "Tiger King 1 was particularly harsh and unfair in its depiction of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue," the docs noted. "The Tiger King 1 series wrongly attempted to suggest that Big Cat Rescue abused its animals by keeping them in very small cages while not making clear that the animals actually reside in expansive enclosures."
This wasn't the first time for Carole to criticize "Tiger King 2". After Netflix released a teaser for the new season back in September, Carole blasted "Tiger King" directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode for putting out season 2 too soon. "I know some people who have been involved in it and they were doing more filming, so I assumed at some point they would come out with a 'Tiger King 2'," the animal rights activist said. "It took them five years to put together the first one, so I thought it would be a lot longer."
Carole claimed that after the original "Tiger King" debuted in March 2020, the directors tried to "clear the air" with her, but she told them to "lose my number because that was not at all what we had agreed we were working on." She added, "I wouldn't call Eric Goode or Rebecca Chaiklin true documentarians. I mean that was just a reality show dumpster fire."