Joe Exotic has been transferred to a medical facility for federal inmates after he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
The star of Netflix hit docu-series Tiger King is currently serving a 22-year sentence in jail after he was convicted of a murder-for-hire attempt on animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
Last Tuesday, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was flown from a medical facility for inmates in Fort Worth, Texas to Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, defense attorney John Phillips said in a statement.
The news comes just days after the ‘Tiger King’ sequel began airing on Netflix on November 17.
The 58-year-old had revealed his cancer diagnosis in an Instagram post last month where he told his fans: ‘Everyone, It is with a sad face that I have to tell you the doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer, I am still waiting on the results from other test [sic] as well.’
‘Right now I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carole Will have her own party over this!’ Maldonado-Passage added, referencing his longtime rival Carole Baskin.
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Joe Exotic (pictured in jail) has been transferred to a medical facility for federal inmates after he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer
Pictured: the Federal Medical Center, Butner, the North Carolina facility where Maldonado-Passage was transferred to earlier this week following a prostate cancer diagnosis
Phillips revealed today that Maldonado-Passage had tested positive on the PSA blood test and had recently had the results of two biopsies which had revealed ‘two cancerous areas.’
‘He is undergoing further testing,’ he said.
He added that he is getting medical treatment and tests ‘for a host of issues’, and complained that prison medical care ‘isn’t the best and justice is slow.’
Phillips said Maldonado-Passage originally was scheduled to be transferred later this month.
‘It’s a competition of life and liberty no one wants any part of,’ he added.
The Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida shows the mugshot of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic after his arrest for murder-for-hire on September 5, 2018
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, pictured, is seen at the zoo he used to run in Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Maldonado-Passage was convicted of attempting a murder-for-hire plot against his Netflix docu-series foe, Carole Baskin, pictured above
Tiger King 2 debuted on Netflix on Wednesday – with the hotly anticipated sequel chronicling Joe Exotic’s fight for freedom after being convicted in the murder-for-hire plot of rival Carole Baskin.
2020 Netflix smash hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, told the story of zoo owner Joe as he spiraled out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in the true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.
In 2019, Joe, 58, was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire in his plot to kill nemesis and Big Cat Rescue owner, Carole Baskin, 60 – and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
The explosive five-part second season sees the former G.W. Zoo owner fighting for release via a presidential pardon and would-be hitman Allen Glover claiming that his target was not in-fact Carole, but Joe himself.
Co-director Rebecca Chaiklin, who returns alongside Eric Goode for the new series, even voices her belief that there has ‘potentially been a miscarriage of justice’ in Joe’s murder-for-hire conviction.
The series also explores the much-debated fate of Big Cat Rescue owner Carole’s previous husband Don Lewis, who mysteriously vanished without a trace in 1997 and was declared dead in 2002 – with claims arising he could still be alive in Costa Rica.
In Tiger King, Carole was blamed for Don’s disappearance and accused of ‘feeding him to the tigers’ by her rival Joe -claims she has fiercely denied.
Joe was sent to prison after paying hitman Allen Glover $25000 to decapitate Carole – but Glover double crossed him and went to the police.
Now, Glover says the plot was to decapitate 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 G.W. Zoo, Jeff Lowe.
Joe said: ‘They were going to kill me because Jeff was on my life insurance. They actually even set a trap to decapitate me.
‘They strung a piece of barbed wire across from tree to tree. They were hoping I’d be riding a four-wheeler fast enough that I’d hit that wire.’
Glover reveals the plot in a sworn affidavit on camera, saying: ‘We came up with a plan to decapitate Joe’s head to kill him to clear him away from the property so Jeff could take it over, animals and everything. This don’t make me look good at all.’
Pictured: Joe Exotic’s statement after his cancer diagnosis via his Instagram
Netflix hit: 2020 Netflix smash hit Tiger King: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, told the story of zoo owner Joe as he spiraled out of control amid a cast of eccentric character
There he is: Joe was sent to prison after paying hitman Allen Glover to decapitate Carole – but Glover double crossed him and went to the police
Tiger King 2 also claims that Glover and Lowe were co-conspirators in getting Exotic convicted on the murder-for-hire plot.
The documentary states that Jeff declined to comment on the allegations.
Lowe took over the park after Exotic was sent to prison, but it closed permanently to the public last August after its federal animal exhibition license was suspended.
Baskin then won control of the zoo in 2020 when a judge ruled she would be allowed to take over the property. This summer she sold it.
Joe said: ‘Everybody from the zoo is out there making money from Joe Exotic.
‘I’m paying the price for every one of them people
Meanwhile, Exotic did receive some good news recently after, in July, a federal appeals court ruled that he should be resentenced.
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 Carole Baskin.
A three-judge panel of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver found that the trial court wrongly treated those two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines.
The appeals court panel said his advisory sentencing range should be between 17 and a half years and just under 22 years rather than between just under 22 years and 27 years in prison, as the trial court calculated.
His court date is not yet set.
Tiger King 2 is available to stream on Netflix now.