Netflix went gold in March 2020 thanks to Tiger King. According to the streaming platform (via Complex), 64 million tuned in to watch the docu-series in its first month of release. Joe Exotic’s colorful love life, bleached mullet, amazing music videos and mad feuds with Carole Baskin helped many lonely souls through the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown. Tiger King 2 captivated viewers and was a Tiger King spinoff series that quickly followed. To make sure Netflix milked the cash cow dry, they also released Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story.
It wasn’t just Joe Exotic that caused all the Tiger King drama. A number of other bizarre and downright shady characters also made an appearance. The shakier than shady Jeff Lowe managed to fumble Joe Exotic’s zoo away from under his nose after some highly questionable maneuvers, while Carole’s second husband, the mild-mannered and slightly odd Howard Baskin, replaced her former spouse Don Lewis after his mysterious disappearance in 1997, according to rumors killed Carole Lewis and fed him to her tigers. However, according to Sky News, Lewis is reportedly alive and living in Costa Rica.
Then there was Doc Antle, with his odd cult-like coexistence, multiple young “wives,” outlandish claims, and shady dealings. Netflix’s special documentary exposed the self-confessed spiritual guru for the charlatan he was, with numerous allegations of abuse, assault and animal cruelty. Given his raunchy shenanigans, it’s little wonder Doc Antle has just received some bad legal news to add to his already burgeoning ailments.
Tiger King star Doc Antle faces a serious time behind bars
It was always only a matter of time before the FBI knocked on Doc Antle’s door. Netflix’s Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story opened a Pandora’s box of disturbing incidents, lies, manipulation and allegations involving the teen lover and big cat collector. According to reports, that time has now come. Avery G. Wilks of The Post and Courier shared the news on social media.
“Owner of Myrtle Beach Safari [Doc Antle] was just indicted by a federal grand jury in Florence, SC on money laundering and wildlife trafficking charges,” Wilks tweeted. “The animals involved included lemurs, cheetahs and a chimpanzee. The charge is 20 years in prison.” The investigative reporter shared that US Attorneys charged Antle and a friend with laundering $500,000 in dirty money. They claim the money came from coyotes smuggling illegal immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States
This isn’t the first time Antle has attended the FBI rodeo. According to Forbes, the former magician-turned-Bhagavan deity was arrested back in 2020 for allegedly trafficking lion cubs across state lines. Antle was charged with two counts of wildlife trafficking and 13 counts of “conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and charges of cruelty to animals.” To date, the US Department of Agriculture has indicted Antle on 35 violations of animal cruelty. He is currently incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in South Carolina awaiting trial. Antle has maintained his innocence on all charges.