Carole Baskin Faces Charges For Defamation Of Character

Former assistant of his presumed dead husband claimed that Baskin had smeared her name on a YouTube video released earlier in September.

While over six months since hitting Netflix’s coffers, Tiger King still is a subject of continuous speculations and a handful of plot twists.


Never would you believe that, more than its ostensible protagonist and jailed former zookeeper Joe Exotic, animal rights activist Carole Baskin would wind up being in the news more than him.


And yet here she is, on Dancing with the Stars. And — why not? — not she’s being sued for defamation of character.

Anne McQueen, the former assistant of Baskin’s long-missing former husband Don Lewis, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Baskin, claiming that Baskin had smeared her name on a YouTube video released earlier in September. Baskin is said to have claimed McQueen played a role in Lewis’ disappearance. Since Tiger King’s release, there has been mostly baseless speculation that Baskin played a hand in what happened to him, spurred on by her nemesis Joe Exotic. Baskin has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Attached to the lawsuit is an amendment involving Lewis’ three daughters, formally demanding more information on what happened to their missing father, who was presumed dead two decades back. Back during Baskin’s maiden voyage on Dancing with the Stars, the daughters, McQueen, and the family attorney bought ad space during the broadcast, airing a commercial in which they asked the nation for information on Lewis’ disappearance.


Another plot twist in the nonstop tale of Tiger King, the seven-part Netflix documentary series that won’t die.

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