Despite the Rumours, Joe Exotic Was Not Pardoned By the Outgoing President

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TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains references to rape and suicide.

Despite the rumours in the lead up to former President Donald Trump’s exit from the White House, the 45th leader of the United States did not pardon Tiger King: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem star, Joseph Maldonado Passage a.k.a Joe Exotic.

As one of his final duties in the most chaotic presidency in history, Trump pardoned 144 people the night before he left office.

The list included rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, both prosecuted on federal weapons offences and Steve Bannon, a former key adviser in Trump’s 2016 presidential run who was charged in 2019 over an alleged scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters.

Even though he is incarcerated, Passage was still able to get a message out on his official Twitter account, leaving a scathing review of the outgoing president.

“I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump,” the Tweet read.

“I only mattered to Don Jr when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first [sic].”

The 57-year-old is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for the murder-for-hire plot to kill animal rights activist, Carole Baskin, and for killing five tiger cubs.

Exotic, who describes himself as a “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet”, was said to have organised a limousine to pick him up from gaol which was reportedly armed with a team for Passage’s hair, wardrobe and make-up. Wild, indeed.

Back in September, it was announced that the reality star is set to tell all about how he was repeatedly raped at the age of five and treated as the “hired help” by his parents.

The documentary, Joe Exotic Before He Was King will be released on the International Discovery Network in the U.S and will also talk about how Passage held his first husband in his arms while he died of AIDS.

UK outlet, The Sun, released an exclusive preview of the series, which shows him talk about his upbringing in Kansas and how his parents disliked him being openly gay. He will also open up about how he attempted suicide and the repercussions of when his brother Garold died.

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