Netflix fires back at Carole Baskin's lawsuit against Tiger King 2

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  • Netflix has fired back at Carole Baskin after she filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly using unauthorised footage of her in the upcoming Tiger King sequel.
  • The streaming giant and production company Royal Goode Productions have hit back at the complaint, saying Carole signed nine appearance releases and two location releases for Tiger King in 2019, which "explicitly permit Defendants to use the footage in later projects."
  • In its filing, Netflix also claims that Carole has used the popularity of Tiger King to gain publicity.

Netflix is hitting back at Carole Baskin after the Big Cat Rescue owner filed a lawsuit against them for allegedly using unauthorised footage of her and husband Howard in the upcoming Tiger King sequel.

Carole and her husband Howard reportedly filed papers stating that they did not want to participate in Tiger King 2, but footage taken from the first series used in the trailer "prominently depicts Baskin as a central element of the sequel".

Now, according to People, Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions have fired back at the complaint, saying Carole signed nine appearance releases and two location releases for Tiger King in 2019, which "explicitly permit Defendants to use the footage in later projects."

"Defendants did not need to obtain a release from Plaintiffs to use the footage in Tiger King 2 or its promotional trailers. And there is nothing in any of the appearance releases that prohibits any use of the footage. Accordingly, Plaintiffs have no claim at all, much less one that can evade Defendants' First Amendment," the document reads. 

According to ABC News, in its filing, Netflix also claims that Carole, who recently took part in Dancing with the Stars, has used the popularity of Tiger King to gain publicity, becoming a "pop culture phenomenon" because of the documentary. 

Tiger King 2promises "more madness and mayhem," with a trailer featuring Exotic phoning in from prison, where he is serving his 22-year sentence.

The documentary is set for release on Netflix on 17 November. Watch the trailer here

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