Southern Charm star Naomie Olindo says she’s “so embarrassed” after a photo resurfaced, showing her at Bhagavan “Doc” Antle’s zoo following the release of the explosive Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
In the photo, shared by Instagram account Brands by Bravo and since re-shared by Comments by Bravo, Olindo, 27, is seen posing on top of an elephant’s head as her Southern Charm costar Craig Conover looks up at her from the water.
“Omg gross I can’t believe @naomie_olindo f—— supports Doc Antle and his CULT! @BravoTV time to find new people on @BravoSouthernCharm cause this is going to cause major backlash,” one fan of the show commented on the post.
In addition to following now-imprisoned Oklahoma zookeeper Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, viewers of the docuseries also met Antle, who runs The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, T.I.G.E.R.S., in South Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Antle has been called out by Carole Baskin and PETA for exploiting animals. Baskin also claims in the docuseries that Antle is the most notorious big cat cub breeder.
Antle has also made headlines over claims of having multiple wives, something he has denied.
Antle also denied allegations that he and other big cat zookeepers euthanize their animals, calling those claims “outrageous TV” in a video interview with TMX.news.
He also denied being a polygamist to Oxygen.com.
“Sure I’ve had girlfriends and there’s girls I have had relationships with that have come and gone over the decades,” he said. “I am absolutely not married nor have I been since my wife died over 20 years ago now. I’m not married, and I certainly don’t have wives. I certainly am a single guy, and I live in a house by myself.”
In Tiger King, an ex-employee named Barbara Fisher alleged that Antle ran his business like a cult, expecting sexual favors from the under-paid, over-worked, mostly female staff and forcing her to get breast augmentation. Antle denied this to Oxygen.com, saying, “The cultiest [sic] thing about us is that I totally believe that yoga has helped me stay limber and strong and made my life a better thing.”
He added of Fisher: “This is the ramblings of a crazy child who has a lot of, in my opinion, issues and somehow those have boiled up.”
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