Joe Exotic has been transferred to a medical facility for federal prisoners after being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
The star of the Netflix documentary series Tiger King is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted of attempted murder for pay of animal rights activist Carol Baskin.
Defense attorney John Phillips said in a statement last Tuesday that Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado Passage, was flown from a guest medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas, to Pattner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina.
The news comes just days after “Tiger King” Season 2 premiered on Netflix on November 17.
The 58-year-old revealed his cancer diagnosis in an Instagram post last month where he told his fans: “Everyone, with a sad face I have to tell you that the doctors called me today to break the news I received. Prostate biopsy came back with severe cancer, I’m still waiting for results of another test [sic] Moreover.’
“Right now, I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carol will have her own party about this!” Maldonado Passage added, referring to longtime rival Carol Baskin.
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Joe Exotic (pictured in prison) has been transferred to a medical facility for federal prisoners after being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
Pictured: Federal Medical Center, Patner, North Carolina facility where the Maldonado Passage was transferred to earlier this week after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Phillips revealed today that his Maldonado-Passage test was positive on his PSA blood test and recently had results from two biopsies that revealed “two precancerous areas.”
“He is undergoing more tests,” he said.
He added that he is receiving treatment and medical examinations for “a range of problems”, and complained that medical care in prisons “is not the best and that justice is slow”.
Phillips said the Maldonado Passage transfer was originally scheduled for later this month.
“It’s a contest of life and freedom that no one wants any part of,” he added.
The Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida shows the footprint of Joseph Maldonado, also known as Joe Exotic, after his arrest on a murder-for-hire charge Sept. 5, 2018.
Joseph Maldonado-Arcade, aka Joe Exotic, pictured, is seen at the zoo he ran in Wynwood, Oklahoma
Maldonado Bassage was convicted of attempting to commit a murder-for-hire plot against his opponent in the Netflix series docu, Carol Baskin, pictured above
Tiger King 2 debuted Netflix Wednesday — with the highly anticipated sequel chronicling Joe Exotic’s fight for freedom after being convicted of a conspiracy to kill for pay by rival Carol Baskin.
Netflix’s 2020 hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is the story of zoo owner Joe as he spirals out of control amid a group of quirky characters in a true-to-life murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.
In 2019, Joe, 58, was convicted of 17 federal counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for a rental charge in conspiracy to kill enemies and Big Cat Rescue owner Carol Baskin, 60 — and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
The explosive five-part season sees former GW owner Zoo fight for his release through a presidential pardon and would-be killer Allen Glover claiming that his target wasn’t actually Carol, but Joe himself.
Even co-director Rebecca Chiklin, who returns alongside Eric Goode in the new series, has expressed her belief that there is “possibly a miscarriage of justice” in Joe’s conviction for pay-murder.
The series also explores the much-discussed fate of Big Cat Rescue owner’s ex-husband, Don Lewis, who mysteriously disappeared without a trace in 1997 and was declared dead in 2002 – as allegations surfaced that he was still alive in Costa Rica.
In the movie Tiger King, Carol is blamed for Don’s disappearance and her rival Joe accuses her of “feeding tigers to him”.
Joe was sent to prison after paying killer Allen Glover $25,000 to behead Carol – but Glover crossed it twice and went to the police.
Now, Glover says the plot was to behead Joe using barbed wire, admitting I was going to kill Joe—and that he was working with Joe’s rival and the man who bought the JW Zoo, Jeff Lowe.
Joe said: ‘They were going to kill me because Jeff was my life insured. They actually set a trap to cut off my head.
They tied a piece of barbed wire across from tree to tree. They were hoping I’d ride a 4WD fast enough that I hit that wire.
Glover reveals the plot in an affidavit in front of the camera, saying, ‘We came up with a plan to behead Joe to kill him to keep him off the property so Jeff could take it over, the animals and everything. It doesn’t make me look good at all.
Pictured: Joe Exotic’s statement after being diagnosed with cancer via Instagram
Netflix hit: The 2020 Netflix hit Tiger King: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness tells the story of zoo owner Joe getting out of control amid a cast of strange characters
Here it is: Joe was sent to prison after he paid killer Allen Glover to behead Carol – but Glover double-crossed him and went to the police
Tiger King 2 also claims that Glover and Lowe were conspirators to convict the Exotic in the murder-for-hire plot.
The documentary states that Jeff declined to comment on the allegations.
Lowe’s took over the park after the Exotic was sent to prison, but it closed permanently to the public last August after the federal animal fair’s license was suspended.
Then Baskin won control of the zoo in 2020 when a judge ruled that it would allow it to seize the property. This summer she sold it.
Joe said, “Everyone from the zoo makes money from Joe Exotic.
I pay the price for each one of them
Meanwhile, Exotic received some good news recently after, in July, a federal appeals court ruled that he should be tried.
He was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill Florida animal rights activist Carol Baskin.
A three-judge panel from the Tenth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals in Denver found that the lower court had wrongly treated these two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines.
The appeals court said the range of advisory sentences should be between 17 and a half years and just under 22 years rather than a prison sentence of under 22 and 27 years, the lower court calculated.
A trial date has not yet been set.
Tiger King 2 is available to stream on Netflix now.