In November, Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin and her husband Howard Baskin filed a lawsuit against Netflix to block the release of “Tiger King 2”.
On Wednesday, the Baskins’ filed a notice to dismiss that lawsuit.
“Plaintiffs CAROLE BASKIN and HOWARD BASKIN, by and through their undersigned counsel, give notice of their voluntary dismissal of this action pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i)”.
The founder of the Florida big cat sanctuary sued Netflix and a production company to prevent the use of interviews and footage involving her in the second series.
Netflix counters that nonprofit Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin and her husband agreed in writing that the material could be used in the future and that she is trying to block the company’s First Amendment right to free speech.
In her lawsuit, Baskin contended that Royal Goode Productions Inc., which produced “Tiger King” for Netflix, led her and husband Howard Baskin to believe their footage would only be used in a single documentary.
Baskin also objects to her portrayal in the first series, especially the insinuation she had something to do with the mysterious 1997 disappearance of her previous husband, Don Lewis, who was declared dead in 2002 but whose remains have never been found.
“The Baskins believed that any sequel, though odious, would not include any of their footage,” the lawsuit says. “Tiger King I was particularly harsh and unfair in its depictions of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue.”
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