Indiana Zoo Owner Who Appeared in ‘Tiger King’ Pleads Guilty to Roughing Up Official During Inspection
An Indiana zoo owner pleaded guilty to intimidation charges after he pulled an assistant attorney general on an inspection of his now-closed zoo.
Tim Stark, who appeared on the Netflix true crime series Tiger King, was sentenced to imprisonment in March 2020 for a confrontation at his Wildlife in Need zoo, which was disbanded in November 2020. He was charged with catching and threatening the officer.
Stark had brought it to New York before his arrest in October 2020 and declared on an hour-long Facebook Live that he was fleeing the state because he "decided not to go to jail as an innocent man".
"All they are trying to do is manipulate the judicial system," he said. "You have absolutely no damn evidence of anything I've done illegally." He also claimed he didn't grab the assistant attorney general, instead I kind of pushed him when he opened the door and then said, 'Look motherfucker.' "
It's been a bad week for Stark, who on Tuesday was ordered to pay PETA more than $ 730,000 in legal fees after the organization sued him for violating the Endangered Species Act in 2017. Stark was accused of declawing young animals so that visitors could play with them and not get scratched.
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