Tiger King 2: Carole Baskin ‘glad to hear’ Don Lewis is alive


Carole’s ex-husband Don Lewis was legally declared dead in 2002 (Picture: Mega/AP)

Carole Baskin joked she is ‘glad to hear’ her former husband Don Lewis is alive and well in Costa Rica following fresh claims in Netflix’s controversial Tiger King 2.

Lewis went missing six years after the couple married in 1991 and he was legally declared dead in 2002, with the mystery surrounding his disappearance reopened in Tiger King 2 which launched on Netflix this week.

The first series of the Netflix hit showed his family questioning if Baskin was responsible for his death, but she has repeatedly denied she had any involvement in his disappearance.

Discussing how she was represented in the series, she told ITV’s This Morning: ‘They said we just want your answer on this so that we can lay that to rest. That’s not what they did, they turned it into this huge mystery.

‘But I tell you what, one of the really exciting things that came out of Tiger King 2 is that they produced a letter from Homeland Security and it says that a special agent in charge with the FBI at Homeland Security reached out to the sheriff’s detective George Fernandez, which means this had to have happened after 2002, because Homeland Security wasn’t even around until 2002.

‘And they said that my husband, Don Lewis, is alive and well in Costa Rica.’

She added to presenters Phillip Schofield and Josie Gibson: ‘And yet all of this hay has been made about me having something to do with his disappearance, when Homeland Security has known where he is at least since back then.’

Addressing the comments made by Lewis’s family, she said: ‘I think maybe they should check with Homeland Security, who seems to know where he is.’

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‘I didn’t think that he was capable of supporting himself,’ Baskin added, when asked if she believes Lewis is alive.

‘He took about a million dollars down into Costa Rica and I had agreed to let him do that so he could prove to himself that he could make a living.

‘And when we recovered what we could out of that years later, it was only about 80,000 dollars because the investments he had made were so bad. So I don’t know how it is that Homeland Security says he’s alive and well in Costa Rica but I’m glad to hear it.’

Carole has been critical of Tiger King season 2 (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

Baskin starred in the first season of the hit show, alongside Joe Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years for plotting to kill her after years of taunting the rival big cat owner with videos, songs and abusive messages.

Baskin said she was told the first series of Tiger King would be comparable to Blackfish, a documentary about the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity, but instead focused on ‘a made up feud’.

She added: I’ve never even spoken to Joe Exotic. My husband’s the person who had handled the lawsuit when he tried to use our name in order to ruin our reputation. And so it’s just all based on lies.

‘I have been in the same room with him in court. But I’ve never spoken to him.’

Baskin has criticised how she was portrayed in the first series of the show and launched legal action against Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions over the use of footage of her in Tiger King 2, alleging breach of contract.

Netflix has said she has ‘no claim at all’  and her ‘breach of contract claim is merely a red herring, lacking any merit’.

Tiger King 2 is ready to stream on Netflix. This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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