Gwyneth Paltrow has joined the rest of the world by getting obsessed with Netflix’s Tiger King – and she is speculating about the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s first husband.
Don Lewis, a multi-millionaire and real estate developer, went missing in 1997 and hasn’t been seen since – being declared legally dead in 2002.
Despite Baskin’s denial and insistence that the last time they spoke he was heading to Costa Rica, numerous members of the community – including Joe Exotic, and Don’s first wife and children, spoke out believing she may have killed him.
Joe even sang a song, Here Kitty Kitty, claiming she put him through a meat grinder and fed him to tigers, hiding his remains under a septic tank.
Carole has publicly slammed the series, claiming she was coerced under false pretences to take part in the show, believing it to be a ‘Blackfish for cats’ as she tries to free privately-owned tigers in the US.
Her bitter rivalry with the eccentric Joe, a zoo owner, became the central plot of the show.
Gwyneth chimed in on the situation after seeing a tweet that joked: ‘Absolutely iconic how Carole Baskin did Tiger King thinking she’d get to expose Joe Exotic and Doc Antle for animal abuse and now all of America is obsessed with Joe and thinks Carole is a murderer. That’s showbiz baby.’
Responding to the message, Gwyneth simply wrote: ‘THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION.’
Her comments come after it was revealed that police were reopening the case into Don’s disappearance and wanted anyone with information to come forward after Tiger King’s success.
Carol has dismissed the speculations as ‘salacious’ and defended herself in a long statement posted onto the website of Big Cat Rescue – her animal sanctuary website.
‘Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments,’ she began.
‘But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance.’
‘When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police,’ the activist added.
Baskin also refuted the ‘meat grinder’ claim, saying the meat grinder they had was a table-top machine that required meat to be cut into one-inch squares before being run through.
She had previously admitted her frustrations to People in 1998, just a year after his disappearance, and said: ‘Can you imagine having people think you killed your husband or wife and not being able to prove otherwise?
‘Without a body, there is nothing I can do to clear my name.’
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available on Netflix.
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