Tiger King's Carole Baskin faces lawsuit from family of husband Don Lewis

Tiger King's Carole Baskin faces lawsuit from family of husband Don Lewis

Tiger King star Carole Baskin is facing a lawsuit from the family of her former husband Don Lewis, who disappeared in 1997 and is presumed dead. Lewis's family are also offering a $100,000 (£76,300) reward for information about what happened to him. A lawyer for the family has filed the lawsuit in an attempt to force Baskin to give evidence on the record. Lewis disappeared a day before a scheduled trip to Costa Rica, and was declared legally dead in 2002. Lewis and Baskin started an animal sanctuary together in Tampa, Florida, which later became Big Cat Rescue Corporation. They were married at the time of his disappearance, but he had filed for a restraining order against her two months earlier. Theories about what happened to him formed part of the hit Netflix series, including suggestions that Baskin, who received most of his $6m (£4.5m) estate, was responsible for his disappearance. She has vehemently denied having anything to do with it. "The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers," she has said. • The rush to make Tiger King spin-offs and sequels Baskin told investigators of reported sightings in Costa Rica, and said he had been involved with local gangsters there. No-one has ever been arrested over his disappearance. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Lewis's youngest daughter Gale Rathbone referred to the renewed interest in the case brought on by the series. "Amazingly, our little family tragedy has become your tragedy," she said. "Our search for closure and truth ...
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