Joe Maldonado-Passage, who is called “Joe Exotic”, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for hiring two people to try to kill Carole Baskin, who won a million dollar judgment against him.
“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic is OK. We think.
According to a UK report The Mirror, the subject of one of Netflix’s biggest shows. was hospitalized after contracting a coronavirus behind bars.
Animal keeper husband Dillon Passage told the Miami Herald on Friday morning that the report was false.
“Joe doesn’t have the virus,” he wrote via Instagram. “The media is so dramatic. “
But Joe (real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage) self-isolated at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth after fellow detainees tested positive for the disease, Passage said in a Sirius XM radio interview on Tuesday with Andy Cohen, who recently recovered from the coronavirus itself. .
“They put him in COVID-19 segregation because of the previous prison he was in, there have been cases,” said Passage.
FMC Fort Worth spokesperson did not respond to Miami Herald request for comment on prisoner health, but referred us to the Federal Prison Office website for more information on inmates and COVID -19. He also says the facilities are closed to visitors (including lawyers) “until further notice”.
Passage told Cohen that since her husband moved to the new premises, they have not spoken.
But if you want to write to the star of the docuseries, go there.
On his official Facebook page, he (aka someone who manages his account) sent a letter to fans with his address (Joe will respond if you send money for the commissioner).
Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year sentence for animal abuse and two counts of murder for hire.
The 57-year-old was convicted in 2019 of paying $ 3,000 to a hitman to kill a rival, Tampa Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin. Her husband, Jack “Don” Lewis, is still missing and Maldonado told anyone who wanted to listen to him that she had killed him, although the man’s body was never found.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office sent a Facebook message on Monday asking the public to help shed light on the cold matter.
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” was released on Netflix on March 20.