Jaime King's husband Kyle Newman 'requesting custody of their sons'

Jamie King’s estranged husband Kyle Newman is requesting sole custody of their sons as he claims actress is battling an ‘opioid addiction’

  • Jamie King has hit back at estranged husband Kyle Newman who is claiming the actress is battling an ‘out of control’ opiod and alcohol addiction 
  • King filed for divorce and requested a temporary restraining order against Newman Monday 
  • Her rep called the claims ‘another vicious, failed attempt of Kyle to continue his abuse of Jaime and manipulate the court system.’ 
  • Actress is hoping to avoid any more legal proceedings so as to keep their children out of the spotlight 
  • Her temporary restraining order was granted by her motion related to child custody was denied ‘without prejudice’
  • Kyle issued a statement saying her was ‘deeply saddened by Jaime’s attempt to obtain court orders based solely on false claims’ on Tuesday 
  • The couple married in 2007 after meeting on his film Fanboys, which he directed
  • They share sons James, six, and Leo, four, together 

Jaime King’s estranged husband Kyle Newman is asking a judge for sole physical custody of their two sons amid their increasingly ugly divorce. 

The director claims the Ocean’s 8 actress is battling an opiod and alcohol addiction which is ‘out of control’, TMZ reported Friday. 

An emergency hearing was requested by Newman on Friday where he asked the judged to grant him custody of their sons James, six and Leo, four.    


Divorce: Jaime King’s estranged husband Kyle Newman has asked for sole custody of their two sons and is claiming the actress has addiction issues, TMZ reports

 However, a rep for the actress hit back, telling PEOPLE: ‘This is another vicious, failed attempt of Kyle to continue his abuse of Jaime and manipulate the court system.’

‘Today Kyle was denied all requests for emergency orders and the judge granted Jaime shared legal custody of their two children,’ adding: ‘The temporary domestic violence restraining order remains in place to protect Jaime.’ 

An emergency hearing was requested by Newman on Friday where he asked the judge to grant him custody of their sons; James, six and Leo, four.

The 41-year-old actress filed for divorce on Monday and requested a temporary restraining order against Newman, 44, after 12 years of marriage.

In court documents obtained by TMZ Newman claims King ‘spent the last decade high’ and will not get help for her opioid addictions. 

The documents detail the events of January 12 when he claims he and 14 of Jaime’s friends staged an intervention, asking her to get help for her issues. 

Newman claims he gave her an ultimatum, get treatment ‘or the kids and I need to leave for their own safety.’

According to Newman, the actress entered a facility in Utah but didn’t stay long because she tried to check-in while carrying some Adderall and Clonazepam pills.

Furthermore, Newman says King has only seen the boys for three days over the last two months. He has been quarantining in Pennsylvania with their sons while King has stayed back in Los Angeles. 

He says he was blindsided by the divorce filing and says that earlier this month they were talking through plans to divorce when he says King started accusing him of ‘stealing’ their kids, despite her ‘insisting’ he take the kids to Pennsylvania.

Newman claims that King became angry and ‘threatened to ruin him’.  

An emergency hearing was requested by Newman on Friday where he asked the judge to grant him custody of their sons; James, six and Leo, four. The couple are seen here in 2015

In court documents obtained by TMZ Newman claims King ‘spent the last decade high’ and will not get help for her opioid addictions

On Friday, Newman asked the judge for sole physical custody, shared legal custody and according to TMZ also requested his estranged wife move out of their LA home so he can live their with the children.

The judge rejected Newman’s emergency request for custody and reportedly instructed the duo to work it out at a later court date. 

The Barely Lethal director has also reportedly submitted declarations from two nannies and one of Jaime’s former assistants that corroborate Newman’s claims, they say the actress has an opioid addiction and has put their children in danger by – ‘among other things’ – driving with them while under the influence.

King battled a heroin addiction when she was a teenager and previously admitted she got into drugs when she started modeling at 14.

She was shocked into getting treatment in 1997 after her Italian photographer boyfriend Davide Sorrenti – famous for glamorizing heroin chic in the 1990s – died of a kidney ailment reportedly caused by excessive heroin use.

Help: Newman says he and 14 of Jaime’s friends staged an intervention in January and gave her an ultimatum to get treatment ‘or the kids and I need to leave for their own safety’

Newman has been quarantining in Pennsylvania with their sons and claims King has only seen them for three days over the last two months

Dailymail.com has contacted King’s rep for comment.  

This comes after it was revealed the actress is hoping they can reach a ‘private resolution’ as they deal with their messy divorce.

The actress, 41, filed a divorce petition on Monday, also requesting a temporary domestic violence restraining order and making an emergency motion related to child custody and visitation at the same time.

However, the judge ruled that the boys can stay with Newman for now. 

King reportedly wants to avoid any more legal proceedings to make sure personal lives stay out of the spotlight, according to an insider who spoke to People.

Newman says he was blindsided by the divorce filing and restraining order Jaime filed on Monday.

Personal business: Earlier this week it was reported Jaime wants a ‘private resolution’ with Kyle, hoping to avoid any more legal action for the sake of their children

‘Jaime was granted her request for a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Kyle from being near her or contacting her and is hopeful for a private and peaceful resolution without further court proceedings, which would be best for their children,’ the source explained.

‘Jaime strongly believes that their children’s lives should not be discussed in the press.’

The star was granted the temporary restraining order until a hearing June 8th, but her filing for an emergency motion related to child custody and visitation was ‘denied without prejudice,’ according to People. 

Newman said he was ‘pleased’ with the outcome in a statement issued via his representatives Tuesday.

The director’s spokesperson told TMZ: ‘Kyle was deeply saddened by Jaime’s attempt to obtain court orders based solely on false claims without providing him any opportunity to respond. 

‘As a result, he was extremely pleased that the judge nevertheless permitted their children to remain in his care.’ 

At odds: The actress, 41, filed a divorce petition two days ago, also requesting a temporary domestic violence restraining order and making an emergency motion related to child custody and visitation at the same time. The judge denied the request for custody

The way they were: Newman has made a statement after she filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order against him, saying he was ‘deeply saddened’ by what has transpired. The pair are pictured in 2018 above

A King insider corrected his characterization, telling People he ‘was not granted any type of custody of the children by the court’ and ‘the judge simply took “no action” in regards to custody until such time as a hearing with notice to Kyle takes place.’ 

Newman’s statement went on to say: ‘As Kyle continues to solo parent, as he has done throughout this pandemic, he remains entirely focused on putting the children’s stability and welfare first. 

‘Kyle wants nothing but the best for his whole family and hopes that Jaime can find the peace and help she needs.’ 

King, 41, is reportedly ‘distraught’ over the entire situation. 

Upset: King, 41, is reportedly ‘distraught’ over the entire situation. She’s seen in December 2019 above

News of King’s filing came hours early on Monday,  according to TMZ.

King has been married to Newman, 44, since 2007 after meeting on his film Fanboys, and together they share sons James, six, and Leo, four.  

The couple’s marriage had come under scrutiny lately after Jaime was seen out without her wedding band.    

The duo were reportedly quarantining apart in recent days, with Jaime in California and Kyle in Pennsylvania with their children, according to Life & Style.  

Split: The couple has been married for 12 years before the split

Jaime and Kyle are ‘taking some time apart to focus on themselves,’ a source told the site. 

‘He’s [Kyle] been staying with his family for months and is leaning on them for support,’ the source added. 

The couple had an instant connection that blew Jaime away.  

‘I don’t know why, but some part of me was instantly connected to him, and I loved him so much,’ Jaime told InStyle Weddings. ‘It was intense. I never thought that would happen to me.’ 

As they were: Jaime has been married to Kyle since 2007 after meeting on his film Fanboys, and together they share sons James, six, and Leo, four (pictured 2019)

Family life: The couple with their two sons at the farmers’ market in West Hollywood in 2019

They moved in together three months after first meeting, and married in November 2007 at the place they had their first date, the Greystone Park and Manor in Los Angeles. 

The couple endured several trials over the course of their nearly 13 year long marriage.

Jaime was in Beverly Hills in 2018 when a man jumped onto her car with her son James inside, wrecking the windshield and leaving the pair shaken. 

‘I’ve had five miscarriages’: Jaime has also been open about her struggles to have a family (pictured 2018)

The man, Paul Francis Floyd, was jailed for one year as a result of the attack, and was again sentenced to over four years in prison in 2019 after allegedly sending Jaime threats and explicit images following his initial release.  

Jaime has also been open about her own fertility struggles.   

The actress revealed she had suffered five miscarriages and was even diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis before finally having her first child.

‘I’ve had five miscarriages, gone through five rounds of IVF and 26 rounds of IUI,’ she told People in 2015. ‘I was in severe pain all the time, emotionally and physically.’

Jaime went through five years of fertility treatments but eventually wound up getting pregnant naturally. 

The couple welcomed their son Leo in 2015, but Jaime learned he had a heart defect when she was still pregnant. 

The child was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries when he was 20 weeks old, and subsequently underwent major heart surgery.    

No ring: King pictured without her wedding ring on in September 2019

Describing the ordeal, she told People, ‘I was wheel-chaired to him every three hours, so I could breastfeed him and take care of him before he went into this huge surgery. It was a terrifying experience.’

Adding: ‘But thank God for the medicine that we have now … I knew how traumatic the experience was, how much post-traumatic stress disorder I had afterwards, and the trauma that I was experiencing before it. It’s because I didn’t know anybody that had gone through it and I didn’t have people to talk to.

‘I have a voice and I want to use that voice on behalf of my son – and I know that my son would want that. I’ve gotten thousands of letters from people and now I have a real community of people to talk to.’ 

Missing accessory: King wasn’t wearing her ring in January 2020 

Health battle: The couple welcomed their son Leo in 2015, but the child suffered health problems early on and subsequently underwent heart surgery just a few months after he was born (pictured 2018)

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Inside Jaime King’s messy divorce

Spring 2020 has been a death knell for celebrity marriages — and not just the whirlwind kind that may or may not be well thought out. The seemingly strongest unions have been hit the hardest. First, it was The Hills alum Kristin Cavallari, who split from ex-NFL player Jay Cutler after seven years of marriage. May their good times forever be memorialized in Very Cavallari reruns. Then came Mary-Kate Olsen’s emergency divorce petition, alleging her middle-aged banker husband was trying to force her out of their luxury Manhattan apartment. Apparently, even emergency divorces take longer than a New York minute in these trying times. There’s also whatever’s happening with Julianne Hough, who’s spending an extended time away from her husband Brooks Laich. The tabloid’s anonymous sources say it’s fine; rumors say it’s not. Only time will tell at this point.

As of May, Black Summer actress Jaime King and director Kyle Newman (the guy who made Taylor Swift’s video for “Style”) are the Spring of Splits’ latest casualties. The actress was reportedly the one to pull the trigger after 13 years of marriage as the tabloids swirl with some of the worst kind of break up rumors. The pair share two children, Leo and James, which leads us to believe things are about to get really messy — but what actually happened. Where did they go wrong?

Jaime King and Kyle Newman moved in quickly

Did Jaime King and Kyle Newman have the odds against them from the start? Some reports allege that the couple moved extremely fast — at least when it came to sharing a home. According to InStyle, the couple first met in January 2005 on the set of Fanboys, and it was an instant connection. “We started hanging out all the time. After one week, we were so close,” King told the mag in 2010. Things got significantly closer when the pair moved in together “within three months of dating,” which King told Baby magazine only officially started after they reconnected six months after she wrapped her scenes for Fanboy. “It was as if I’d never seen him before,” she told the outlet, adding, “It was love at first sight. Our destiny.”

While King and Newman were quick to abandon their bachelor pads, they hit the next couple milestone at a fairly average pace with an April 2007 engagement. Then they hit the gas again, tying the knot around six months after King said yes, but it seems like she always knew Newman was the one.

“I don’t know why, but some part of me was instantly connected to him, and I loved him so much,” King told InStyle Wedding (via People). “It was intense. I never thought that would happen to me.”

Their wedding was shockingly laid back

Jaime King and Kyle Newman had the type of wedding right out of a fairy tale — the flower girls even rushed the dance floor during the reception and “pretended to be fairies,” according to InStyle’s wedding profile. As it turns out, it wasn’t that hard to pretend. The whole thing was pretty idyllic and surprisingly low-key.

Newman and King ended up tying the knot in November 2007 at Greystone Park in Beverly Hills. According to reports from People and InStyle, it was the same place they had their first date and the same place Newman proposed. “We always knew we wanted to get married there,” King told InStyle.

The reception was held outside, and the pair opted for a buffet-style dinner, which is a shockingly laid-back move for an A-list pair. The flower girls were dressed in “wreaths of calla lilies, roses and ribbon.” The three-tiered cake, flavored with berry and coconut, was a masterful floral creation that matched King’s bouquet. Guests got goodie bags of chocolate, and King walked down the aisle barefoot. By all accounts, it seemed like the perfect, relaxed kick-off to a long marriage.

Jaime King and Kyle Newman almost couldn't have kids

Jaime King and Kyle Newman’s marriage wasn’t necessarily smooth sailing. The pair dealt with some pretty serious stuff, including heart-wrenching fertility problems. In an interview with Galore, the Hart of Dixie star opened up about how endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome tormented the couple’s attempts to build a family. She had “countless miscarriages and almost lost [her] children.”

“I thought that because my womb didn’t work the way I was taught it should work, I was broken. We are told as women that our great value is to be able to carry life, to carry a child … But for some reason, those parts don’t function for some of us,” she told Galore. “When I was told I couldn’t carry a child, it crushed me in a way that was so much deeper than I could explain. I felt ashamed that I was suffering every day. I would wake up in pools of blood, and feel ashamed.”

The couple did manage to overcome its struggles, and King was able to get pregnant against some tough odds. Though Leo, the exes’ youngest, was born with a congenital heart condition, which was a whole different struggle.

Jaime King isolated herself while struggling with severe postpartum depression

Jaime King’s path to pregnancy wasn’t easy, and it didn’t seem to let up when she had a kid either. In her 2017 interview with Galore, the actress revealed that she struggled with “severe postpartum depression” which led her to “isolate” herself as she attempted to forge an identity as a mother.

“I was anxious all the time, I felt like I was unlovable,” she told Galore, adding, “I couldn’t even think straight. I had to live through an entire pregnancy where I didn’t know if my child was going to live or die. I couldn’t even process the trauma because I was too busy trying to keep him and myself alive.”

Though it’s just speculation, this certainly couldn’t have been easy on her marriage. Nonetheless, the couple seemed to come out on top. If anything, King’s husband may have helped kick-start the healing. Although she didn’t name him specifically, King told Galore, “When you’re able to really speak and share from the heart, that’s when you truly connect with other people, which heals everything. None of this outside stuff matters if we’re with the people we love.”

At one point, Kyle Newman was Jaime King's 'favorite human'

The problems with Jaime King’s marriage seemed to come completely out of left field. Then again, we’re just judging by whatever the pair told the press and whatever the paparazzi managed to snap, but as of December 2018, King was still legitimately gushing about her husband to Us Weekly. It seemed like the couple was really putting in the effort to keep the spark alive while raising two sons, who were both under the age of six at the time.

King revealed that the secret to her lasting marriage was personal fulfillment. The pair nurtured the things they each individually loved — be it their separate careers or the friendships. They completely removed the pressure of sharing every last thing with their spouse. “When you’re fulfilled as a human being, then you’re not just relying on your spouse to give you what it is that you need, which I think is sort of a tendency with a lot of long-term relationships,” she told Us Weekly, adding, “And so when you come from a place of fullness, then you’re sharing from a place that’s really sexy and fun and free.”

At the time, King claimed her husband was her “best friend” and “favorite human in the whole world.”

Jaime King and Kyle Newman were allegedly living on different coasts for months

Almost a year and a half after Jaime King’s glowing Us Weekly interview, rumors of marriage troubles slowly began surfacing in the press. It seems like the tabloids kind of collectively figured out, “Hey, we haven’t seen King and Newman together in a while. What happened?” It was a shockingly late realization, but in this case, it turned out to be rather astute since the marriage dissolved just days later. 

On May 13, 2020, an alleged source confirmed to Life & Style that Newman and King were “taking some time apart to focus on themselves.” The Hart of Dixie actress was reportedly hanging back in Los Angeles, while Newman spent time in Pennsylvania with their kids (we can gather as much from Newman’s outdoorsy and decidedly non-LA Instagram posts). “He’s been staying with his family for months and is leaning on them for support,” the insider said.

At the time of press, Life & Style’s source claimed the pair hadn’t “filed for divorce” and “everyone is just hoping they can sort things out before it’s too late.” Five days later, TMZ reported that King pulled the trigger.

Jaime King was quick to remove her wedding ring

Everyone’s engagement ring is special, but Jaime King’s was really special. The actress went on a wild goose chase just to find it. According to In Style Weddings (via People), the pair opted for the increasingly popular practice of picking out their engagement ring together, and it was meant to be shipped to them the day before they jet set off on a romantic holiday. Unfortunately, they somehow missed the FedEx truck.

King’s proposal wasn’t a surprise, but she still wanted it to be perfect, which meant the ring had to at least be present. Anxious to be engaged before her vacation, King jumped in her car and chased down FedEx trucks asking them if her ring was on board. Judging by the report, it doesn’t seem like she was all that successful, but it was eventually delivered, and the pair took a walk where Newman got down on one knee.

For someone who put in so much effort getting her ring, King was certainly quick to remove it before the ink on her divorce papers was even dry. According to Us Weekly, she stepped outside without her ring the day after filing for divorce. This speaks volumes. King wasn’t holding onto anything. She was done! She was, however, wearing a diamond ring on her middle finger. It’s unclear if that was her engagement ring or not, but it’s a strong public message, either way. Was she flipping the bird to her blessed union?

Jaime King requested a restraining order with her divorce filing

Though Life & Style reported that Jaime King hadn’t filed for divorce despite briefly spending time separated, it seems like there was at least some sort of incident that caused her to file so quickly. After all, most people don’t just give up a 13-year marriage in a matter of weeks, but there’s no way to know because the couple has been so hush-hush. The one thing we do know is that King requested a restraining order.

According to TMZ, there’s no information about why she wanted a restraining order, but one report claims it was a “domestic violence prevention order.” According to Page Six, it was granted on a temporary basis. Newman is forbidden from contacting his ex and must stay at least 100 yards away from her (which shouldn’t be difficult considering they appear to be on separate coasts).

It’s important to remember that there are multiple types of restraining orders. According to Forbes, some restraining orders can be used to stop a spouse from changing a beneficiary on an insurance policy, “destroying or hiding an assets,” or “changing bank accounts.” This reasoning, although speculative, could make sense when you factor in King’s reported multi-million dollar net worth, but reports are conflicting. King may have gotten a restraining order to protect her from all of the above. Abuse comes in many forms, and a hearing on the matter is still pending, as of this writing. 

Jaime King and Kyle Newman's divorce seems far from amicable

Jaime King and Kyle Newman’s split doesn’t look amicable in the least. Not only was King gallivanting around town with a diamond ring on her middle finger, it also seems like Newman was totally blindsided. The director was the sole person to go public about the divorce, and it sounds like he didn’t agree with the way his ex went about it. He also gave us a major signal that King’s restraining order might have some not-so-great allegations behind it. There’s no way of knowing now, but it will likely come up when the pair try to figure out custody.

“Kyle was deeply saddened by Jaime’s attempt to obtain court orders based solely on false claims without providing him any opportunity to respond,” a spokesperson for Newman told Page Six.

Speaking out is an unusual move for the director. The star has kept relatively quiet about his personal life in the 13 years since his marriage to King. Mostly, we’ve just seen King gushing about her husband to the tabloids, but the tables have turned. As of this writing, she’s offered nothing more than an Instagram post of actor Andrew Scott reading the spoken word poem “Everything Is Going To Be All Right,” and another asking fans, “How do you protect your energy?” Are these references to her divorce? A source did tell People that King was “distraught,” so it makes sense her energy would be a bit drained.

Agreeing on child custody may get messy

The custody battle over Jaime King and Kyle Newman’s children is already looking pretty messy. According to People, King filed for “an emergency motion related to custody and visitation,” but we don’t know her reasoning. All we know is that it came along with her “temporary restraining order” petition — but Newman seems to be flipping the script. According to his camp, King is the one who needs help. 

As of this writing, it looks like the kids are in Newman’s care. People reports that King’s emergency order request was “denied without prejudice.” Another report clarified that Newman wasn’t specifically granted custody. Rather, the judge took “no action.” In a statement to Page Six, the father-of-two threw some thinly-veiled barbs at his estranged wife. A spokesperson for the director told the tabloid that Newman “was extremely pleased that the judge nevertheless permitted their children to remain in his care. Kyle wants nothing but the best for his whole family and hopes that Jaime can find the peace and help she needs.”

In the past, King has been open about her struggles with mental health, particularly postpartum depression. It’s not like she’s had the easiest life, either. According to People, the actress revealed that she was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in 2016. If Newman’s remark was indeed a reference to any of that, it seems like a low blow. 

Jaime King wants to handle her divorce away from the press

Things are clearly got ugly right at the beginning of Jaime King and Kyle Newman’s divorce. He says she needs help, she — through her restraining order, at least — alleges there’s some kind of problematic behavior happening behind the scenes — and Newman claims whatever she’s alleging is false. There’s only one thing the pair seem to agree on: they want what’s best for their kids. To King, this means things should be handled as far away from the press and as far away from the courts as possible.

An anonymous source told People that King was granted her “temporary domestic restraining order,” but was hoping “for a private and peaceful resolution without further court proceedings, which would be best for their children.” That may be pretty hard if both parties are ready to duke it out for custody. In addition, King is looking for Newman to stop dishing the details to the press. “Jaime strongly believes that their children’s lives should not be discussed in the press,” the source told the tab.

To be fair, Newman hasn’t really spoken out much, although both he and King publicly share a great deal about their kids’ lives. Newman’s Instagram grid consists mostly of pictures of his sons, and King’s, slightly less so, but not by much.

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Tiger King's Joe Exotic to ask Donald Trump for pardon after President said he'd look into murder-for-hire conviction

JOE Exotic is to ask Donald Trump for a full PARDON after the President said he would look into his murder-for-hire conviction.

The bizarre Tiger King star is to go straight to the top in a bid to clear his name over a plot to kill his rival Carole Baskin.

Sources close to Joe told TMZ his lawyers are preparing a case file that will be sent directly to Trump claiming Joe was wrongly convicted.

They point out that Joe told everyone who would listen that he wanted Carol dead – so they say it is unlikely he would be foolish enough to plot to do it.

The President earlier said he would take a look at the high-profile case.

When asked about the felon's conviction in April, he said: "I know nothing about it… he has 22 for what?

"What did he do?"

The president then turned the question on the reporter, asking: "You think he didn't do it?

"Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon?"


The Netflix star is serving a 22-year jail sentence after being found guilty of paying a hitman to kill animal activist Carole Baskin, and of killing tigers to make room for more exotic cats in his animal park.

However fans of documentary the series believe he is innocent and Donald Trump Jr, the president's son, even joked he should be pardoned.

Last month, Trump Jr. told radio hosts: "Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with…,"

"I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t.

"It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, ‘We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,' I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive."

 

 

The King recently said he is "thrilled" by the public's reaction to his Netflix series and wants to become a "criminal justice reformer."

Exotic has reportedly filed a $94 million federal lawsuit against the government for alleged civil rights violations.

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Tiger King's Carole Baskin claims husband was ill before disappearance

Tiger King’s Carole Baskin has claimed that her second husband Don Lewis showed signs of a ‘devestating’ illness before he disappeared.

Animal rights activist Carole was one of the central figures in Netflix’s viral hit series, thanks in part to her feud with zoo keeper Joe Exotic.

Joe – real name Joseph Maldanado-Passage – is currently serving a 22-year jail term for the attempted murder-for-hire of Carole and various counts of animal abuse.

One of the series’ most contentious episodes dealt with theories that Carole had an involvement in the disappearance of her second husband, which she has strenuously denied.

Penning a blog post after the show’s premiere, the rights activist claimed that Don may have been showing signs of early on-set Alzheimer’s before he vanished.

‘In the few years preceding his disappearance Don’s behavior was gradually showing signs of mental deterioration,’ she wrote.

‘His behavior became increasingly strange. He started refusing to use the bathroom and defecating outside.’

She continued: ‘He brought in a homeless man to stay in our house. I rescheduled an appointment for him to see the specialist Dr. Gold. But he disappeared before the appointment date.’

Don Lewis went missing in 1997, and was declared legally dead five years later.

Carole herself, who runs the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary, has since slammed Tiger King for its portrayal of her.

Taking to the Big Cat Rescue website, Carole accused the seven-part series of being ‘salacious and sensational’ just to draw in viewers.

‘Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments,’ she began.

‘When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police.’

Tiger King is available to stream now via Netflix.

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Tiger King’s Dillon Passage on Jeff Lowe: ‘Karma’s a Bitch’

Cats out of the bag! Tiger King’s Dillon Passage is not a fan of Jeff Lowe, his husband Joe Exotic’s former business partner.

“I know Jeff Lowe personally and I can’t speak highly of him, because there has not been one day or one thing he has done that made me think, ‘Oh that’s a good guy,’” Passage, 24, told Us Weekly exclusively on Friday, April 10. “Never once did I think that. I do know that the entire thing was orchestrated by Jeff.”

Passage, whose husband is currently in jail serving a 22-year sentence for hiring a hitman to kill Carole Baskin and 17 charges of animal abuse, claimed that Lowe is the real person to blame for Exotic’s prison time.

“The person who orchestrated it all was Jeff Lowe, because he was being stingy and wanted the zoo. That was no secret,” he explained to Us.

Lowe, who currently owns and operates Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, had his fair share of ups and downs with Exotic, which is one of the reasons Passage can’t forgive him.

“[Lowe] made that obvious very many times. Even in the docuseries, he says, ‘Some people may call it setting up, but I call it persuading,’” Passage recalled. “That just shows character right there or lack of.”

He knows that “things could take a turn” for his husband when it comes to his time served, but noted that for Lowe, “karma is a bitch.”

Although Exotic’s feud with the Big Cat Sanctuary owner was a big part of his eventual conviction — and shown throughout the Netflix documentary — Passage doesn’t blame her for his troubles.

“I’ve never met Carole, so I can’t speak about how her personality is behind what was shown,” Passage admitted. “I know that her and Joe just didn’t have a good relationship. He was in a dark place and she was constantly throwing lawsuits at him.”

He explained that Baskin did anything she could to “piss Joe off” over the years, but when it comes to the people who know her “she could be a really nice person.”

Passage concluded that “no, I don’t hold any resentment toward Carole,” even though she was part of the reason Exotic is behind bars.

Lowe, for his part, claimed to Us exclusively that Exotic’s true colors weren’t accurately depicted on the true-crime documentary.

“They didn’t really show Joe. They touched upon it, but that guy is the biggest criminal,” the zookeeper told Us on March 30. “Everything about Joe was fake! We tolerated it as much as we could, but [my wife] Lauren and I went back to Las Vegas.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is currently streaming on Netflix.

With reporting by Brody Brown

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