Joe Exotic files $94 million lawsuit over his prosecution

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Maldonado-Passage, a former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages. Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” filed the lawsuit March 17, 2020 in federal court in Oklahoma City. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” filed the lawsuit March 17 in federal court in Oklahoma City. Among the defendants are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted him.

Maldonado-Passage claims he was convicted based on false and perjured testimony.

The blonde mullet-wearing zookeeper is prominently featured in the recently released Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

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