“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic in solitary confinement for observation of coronavirus

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as “Joe Exotic,” the focal point of the hit Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” is being observed for the COVID-19 virus, according to The Hill. Maldonado-Passage – who is serving a 22-year prison sentence in a murder conspiracy – was transferred from an Oklahoma County jail to FMC Fort Worth, a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, this week .

Maldonado-Passage’s husband Dillon Passage said in a radio interview this week that Maldonado-Passage had been transferred to a COVID-19 isolation area of ​​the prison because there were confirmed cases of the virus in the prison. institution where he was previously detained. It is not known if Maldonado-Passage has contracted the virus.

Earlier this year, Maldonado-Passage was convicted after being convicted of numerous charges, including organizing the murder of one of his competitors and several charges of animal abuse. Maldonado-Passage gained national fame thanks to the documentary series that explores her zoo, her way of life and her rivalry with Carole Baskin, the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue and the woman Maldonado-Passage wanted to have murdered. The documentary is the most watched program on Netflix since its release last month.