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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