‘Tiger King’ star Joe Exotic calls Atlanta prison ‘bottom of hell’

'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic calls Atlanta prison 'bottom of hell'

Infamous “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic says he’s living in conditions resembling Hades as he serves his sentence at a federal prison in Atlanta.

Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, took to Instagram Thursday to vent about his living arrangements inside the Georgia lockup.

“I have officially landed at the bottom of hell, at the Federal Prison in Atlanta GA,” the reality-star-turned-inmate wrote. “Senator Ossoff [sic], Warnock and Walker are all lying to you Black Voters of Georgia because the Animals at the Atlanta Zoo are living better then [sic] your loved ones are in here I promise.”

The 59-year-old is serving a 21-year sentence behind bars after he was convicted of a murder-for-hire scheme attempting to kill off fellow “Tiger King” star and animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

Carole Baskin
Carole Baskin criticized Joe Exotic in “Tiger King.”
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The former zookeeper tried to hire two different men to assassinate Baskin, his sworn enemy, who had slammed him as an animal abuser in the hit Netflix show.

Atlanta Federal Penitentiary
The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary has undergone a congressional investigation.

He has maintained his innocence and his attorneys claimed he wasn’t being serious.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic
Joe Exotic was convicted in 2019.

The medium-security prison where Maldonado-Passage is being held has been the subject of its own months-long congressional investigation led by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff.

Investigators found evidence and heard witness accounts of widespread drug abuse, subpar medical and mental health care for inmates, uncontrollable violence and stomach-turning sanitary conditions inside the federal penitentiary, according to the New York Times.

A lack of oversight and poor management contributed to the conditions and deaths of inmates, the congressional investigation found.

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