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'Please be my hero,' Joe Exotic wants a pardon from President Trump

Donald Trump and Joe Exotic
President Trump received a question from a reporter about the Netflix series Tiger King on April 8, 2020. (WPDE)

The jailed star of the Tiger King series wants to be pardoned by President Trump.

According to TMZ, "Joe Exotic, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage, wants to be freed from his 22-year prison sentence in a murder-for-hire plot.

TMZ reported he sent a 257-page argument to the president, which read in part, "Please be my hero."

Joe Exotic claimed he's been sexually assaulted in prison, a claim denied by federal prison sources to TMZ.

The president said he's take a look at the case when asked about a possible pardon earlier this year.

It's not the first time Joe Exotic has reached out for help. In June, he asked Donald Trump Jr., for a pardon.

The Tiger King series became popular on Netflix this year, prompting a new look at the 1997 disappearance of Jack Donald "Don" Lewis, the husband of Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin. She was the target in the murder-for-hire plot.

Baskin will star in an upcoming "Dancing with the Stars" series later this month.



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