Joe Exotic to remain behind bars: Tiger King speaks out on Trump pardons

Fort Worth, Texas – Joe Exotic had some harsh words for Donald Trump after failing to receive a presidential pardon.

Joe Exotic (57) is a former zookeeper and tiger breeder who starred in the hit Netflix documentary series Tiger King (2020).
Joe Exotic (57) is a former zookeeper and tiger breeder who starred in the hit Netflix documentary series Tiger King (2020).  © imago images / ZUMA Press

Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (57), otherwise known as Joe Exotic, catapulted to international stardom after appearing in the 2020 Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to kill fellow big-cat enthusiast Carole Baskin in Florida. He is further accused of violating the Endangered Species Act by killing five tigers and selling more to out-of-state buyers.

As Trump issued a slew of presidential pardons before leaving office, Joe Exotic was likely hoping to receive some good news. The zookeeper began petitioning the president for a pardon starting in March, including a video statement in which he declares his innocence.

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But Joe was sorely disappointed.

Now, as People reports, the former tiger breeder is speaking out. He issued a Twitter statement on Wednesday decrying Trump's decision: "I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump."

He also accused Trump of only saving his "corrupt friends" rather than acting for "Equal Justice."

After failing to receive a presidential pardon, Joe Exotic remains locked up at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Cover photo: imago images / ZUMA Press

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