Carol Baskin claims that her husband is still alive.
tiger king The star’s missing ex-husband, Don Lewis, was reportedly found alive in Costa Rica, but the discovery has only now gone viral – more than a year later.
During an interview with ITV in November 2021 This morningBaskin, 61, has revealed that her ex, who was officially declared dead in 2002 after disappearing years earlier, is actually alive and well. New York Post reports.
However, Baskin told Mail she was unaware of the alleged revelation until the sequel was shown in November 2021.
“I didn’t know about it until TK2 came out,” Baskin said. Mail via email pointing to her big cat rescue blog.
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The Big Cat Rescue owner said in the footage that has surfaced that the Department of Homeland Security has been in contact with her ex-husband.
“One of the really exciting things that came out of Tiger King 2 is that they submitted a letter from the Department of Homeland Security stating that the special agent in charge of the FBI at the Department of Homeland Security had contacted Sheriff’s Detective George. [Jorge] Fernandez, which means it had to happen after 2002, because the National Security Service did not exist even before 2002,” Baskin said at the time.
“They said my husband Don Lewis is alive and well in Costa Rica,” she said.
“And yet all this drama was made because I have something to do with his disappearance, when the National Security Service knows where he is.”
Lewis disappeared in 1997 at the age of 59, and if he is alive today, he would be 84 years old.
Mail reached out to Baskin, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI for additional comment.
Lewis has not made any public statements to refute rumors of his death.
“I don’t know how the Department of Homeland Security says he’s alive and well in Costa Rica, but I’m glad to hear it,” Baskin told ITV.
“I didn’t think he was capable of supporting himself. He took about a million dollars to Costa Rica, I agreed to let him do it so he could prove to himself that he could make a living.”
In November 2021 Baskin and her current husband Howard wrote a blog on her Big Cats Rescue website, asking why DHS gave Netflix his alleged whereabouts in the second season, which she was not involved in.
“Also noteworthy is the document they show from the Department of Homeland Security, which was not formed as an agency until 2002, five years after Don Lewis disappeared, which says they have information that Don Lewis is alive in the Costa Riquet,” they wrote at the time. “Why does this only appear?”
Mail reached out to Netflix for comment.
The Baskin Big Cat Rescue blog post included screenshots of alleged DHS documents from the show’s second season and dealt with unverified fan theories and claims that she killed him.
“And for anyone who still wants to believe that Carol killed Don, then please explain to us why you think the armchair detectives or you are better informed than the special agent in charge of the FBI in this national security document, in which reads: “Don Lewis is currently alive and well in Costa Rica,” they wrote.
“This was reported by Jorge Fernandez of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office SAC to the FBI according to this letter. Although they deliberately edited the name and date of the SAC, we know that until November 2002, that is, 5 years after Don Lewis left his home in Tampa, Florida, there was no national security service.
And while the news has been out for over a year now, people are just starting to take notice thanks to viral social media posts.
Another person wrote“Wait, I see people saying that Carol Baskin’s husband was found ALIVE???”
In the first season of the hit Netflix docu-series, which premiered in the midst of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Baskin revealed that her ex-husband mysteriously disappeared in 1997.
They were married at the time of his disappearance, and she claimed she never heard from him again. CBS News.
She has since remarried, marrying Howard Baskin in 2004.
After Baskin shared her story on the series, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of jailed big cat owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, the Tiger King, many people thought Baskin had something to do with the disappearance. her ex.
Some even began to come up with outlandish conspiracy theories, including the unsubstantiated claim that she was involved in a murder-for-hire plot.
Exotic, who is now serving a 21-year sentence for hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, also claimed to have fed her ex to big cat rescue tigers.
Baskin was so traumatized by all of this that she joined a “secret” support group for celebrities going through this sort of thing.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for Exotic, Baskin’s nemesis, dismissed the new claims Wednesday in a statement.
“During filming tiger king, a detailed effort was made to find Don Lewis. They all failed. He is no longer alive,” attorney John M. Phillips. posted on facebook.
“Carol Baskin’s 2021 report was another unsubstantiated allegation. It is being reprinted as if it were true. This is not true. The history of the Tiger King is full of lies, set-ups and misdirections. We’re still waiting for Joe’s release hearing. The lies and set-up are set out in his motion for a new trial. Read it. The work is done.”
The Lewis family also thought that Baskin was involved in his disappearance, and even paid for a TV spot during her 2020 debut in Dancing in the US version of the series. With the starsasking the public for answers and advice.
“Do you know who did this and if Carol Baskin was involved?” Exotic’s lawyer Phillips said during the commercial.
However, Baskin vehemently denies these claims.
“I believe that their actions are just a publicity stunt,” said the owner of Big Cat Rescue. said in an email to CNN after the commercial was aired, “but if it helps us find Don, it’ll be a huge relief.”
Baskin wasn’t a part tiger king Season 2 and spoke of her disdain for the storytelling produced by Netflix, claiming she had something to do with Lewis’s disappearance.
“I told them to lose my number,” Baskin said. Page six in May 2021, six months before the show’s release. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
“Season 2, as expected and indicated in the trailer, continues to do its best to falsely convince the viewer of Carol’s involvement in the disappearance of Don Lewis,” the Baskins said. Los Angeles Times in a statement in 2021
They also claimed that the second season sparked a new “splash” of haters on social media against the animal rights activist.
“In keeping with their previous lack of ethics, the producers have continued to use the technique they used in the first season, where accusatory statements about Carol were accompanied by images or videos of her chosen to deliberately amplify and amplify the allegations,” their statement said.
“The result, as expected, was a new surge of hate on social media directed at Carol on the day of release.”
Baskin was so angry at Netflix that she filed a lawsuit against them in November 2021 along with Royal Goode Productions after the trailer for the second season was released.
In the lawsuit, she claimed that her scenes in the trailer were not an accurate representation of what happened. She asked the judge to stop using any footage of her in the second season, as well as to remove her from any promotional materials, teasers and trailers.
The lawsuit was dropped after a month.
This article originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced with permission
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