Joe Exotic, the Tiger King Netflix star we were all obsessed with during the early days of the pandemic, is still out here making headlines, even though he’s currently in prison.
According to TMZ, Joe Exotic has submitted a 257-page plea to President Donald Trump to pardon him and secure his release. The documents reportedly include a letter he wrote to Donald Trump Jr. in which he claims he was assaulted in prison. “I have been sexually assaulted by jail staff, beat up and tied in a chair to the point the skin came off my arms,” the letter says, per TMZ. “Please be my hero…my hands are damaged from the abuse in jail so I’m sorry for the soppy (sic) writing and spelling.” He also reportedly added, “#TrumpJr.2024.”
Joe, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted on animal abuse and murder-for-hire charges. TMZ reports that he fears he will die before his release because he claims he is immunocompromised. He also says he never tried to have his rival, future Dancing With the Stars contestant Carole Baskin, killed. His lawyers say the threats were “simply another aspect of his showmanship…Joe’s jokes, at most, in bad taste, were merely jokes.”
“Allow me to make you proud, to make America proud, to make the world proud. Be my hero please,” Joe Exotic reportedly pleads to President Trump in the documents. The pardon application also includes statements from character witnesses, like Joe’s husband, Dillon Passage. “I see a sweet, big heart man, with good intentions, who took a few steps down a dark road, and he’s just waiting to be pulled out of it,” Passage wrote.
According to TMZ, Joe Exotic’s lawyers are taking the documents to Washington, D.C., where one of his lawyers, Eric Love, will “present the pardon application to someone he knows in the White House.”
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