Netflix has said that Carole Baskin “has no right” to sue the company for the use of images of her in Tiger King 2.
Baskin and her husband Howard took legal action against Netflix last week for breach of contract after they appeared on the show’s trailer.
Their lawsuit stated that they only signed appearance authorization forms for the first season of the Netflix documentary series.
Netflix now says they signed releases in 2019 that “explicitly allow” the use of images in subsequent projects.
The streamer and Royal Goode Productions, which are also included in the Baskins’ legal claim, have asked that he refuse.
Her case presentation says that Carole Baskin became a “pop culture freak” as a result of Tiger King, adding that she “had no claim” and her “breach of contract claim is simply a red herring, without no merit. “
Tiger King followed the rivalry between eccentric Oklahoma Zoo owner Joe Exotic and animal rights activist Baskin.
The show became a cultural phenomenon in March 2020, fueled in part by forced closures due to the pandemic.
Carole Baskin, owner and CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Florida, has said she was unhappy with the way she had been presented and described the series as “a reality show dumpster fire.”
The Baskins want Royal Goode Productions and Netflix to release all of their footage from Tiger King 2 and are seeking to bring the case to a jury.
The lawsuit states: “By utilizing the footage from the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue film secured by Royal Goode Productions under ‘spark reel’ appearance releases and promotional trailers for the sequel titled Tiger King 2, the defendants They violate the terms of the appearance versions. “
The lawsuit also claims that the first series gave a false impression of Big Cat Rescue’s work and wrongly accused the Baskins of animal abuse.
“The Tiger King 1 series mistakenly attempted to suggest that Big Cat Rescue abused its animals by keeping them in very small cages without making it clear that the animals actually reside in expansive enclosures,” the legal documents state.
“Perhaps most pernicious is the general implication in Tiger King 1 that Carole Baskin was involved in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997,” say the newspapers.
Carole Baskin has repeatedly denied that she had anything to do with the disappearance of her first husband, Don Lewis.
‘Insurmountable constitutional obstacle’
Netflix and Royal Goode Productions have called for the case to be denied, as it “strikes the heart of the First Amendment” to the United States Constitution that protects free speech.
An evidentiary hearing in the case is “futile” due to the “insurmountable constitutional hurdle,” the broadcaster said.
Last week, a Florida judge had already denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would block footage of the Baskins in the second season of Tiger King.
The judge ruled that the Baskins “are not entitled to the extraordinary recourse of a temporary restraining order, which would be issued before the Defendants have had an adequate opportunity to respond.”
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, And Madness told the story of Baskin’s nemesis, the flamboyant big cat enthusiast Joe Exotic.
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was the owner of the Greater Wynnewood exotic animal park in Oklahoma, which he has now sold.
In 2018, Exotic was arrested and charged with hiring two men to murder Baskin.
The following year, he was convicted of multiple federal counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
An appeals court has since ruled that Exotic should receive a shorter sentence after he said he had been diagnosed with “aggressive” prostate cancer.
The second season of Tiger King will air on Netflix starting November 17.