PICTURED: Tiger King's Joe Exotic prison injuries

PICTURED: Tiger King’s Joe Exotic prison injuries after he says he was ‘sexually assaulted by a guard and beat the f*** up’ as he asks Donald Trump to ‘be my hero’ and pardon him over murder for hire plot in leaked plea

  • Joe Exotic has written to Donald Trump asking the president to pardon him
  • Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, says he was victim of ‘bad cops’
  • He tells the president, in a handwritten note, that he is his ‘hero’
  • He also writes to Donald Trump Jr, saying he fell victim to over-zealous officials
  • Trump Jr has previously said the murder-for-hire conviction was ‘aggressive’ 
  • Maldonado-Passage was sentenced in January to 22 years in prison 

Tiger King’s Joe Exotic has shown off the prison injuries he says were sustained after he was ‘sexually assaulted by a guard and beat the f*** up’ in an Oklahoma prison.  

The reality TV star, 57, has written to Donald Trump to ask him to ‘grant me a miracle – a pardon’ for his ‘unjust and mishandled conviction’, insisting that the Netflix series that brought him fame is not an accurate representation of his character.

Former zoo owner Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January over a plot to kill his rival, Carol Baskin, and for killing five tigers in his care.

In an email he claimed: ‘I was tied in a chair (for) so long the skin came off my arms … and then locked in a room naked for eight days sleeping on a cold metal shelf on the floor with dried feces and sperm on it from so many others before me. There is no mental help there—it’s just abuse.’ 

Federal prison sources told TMZ: ‘There was no such assault.’ He is currently at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, records show, having been moved from the Grady County jail in Oklahoma.

In his handwritten letter to the president, obtained by DailyMail.com, Maldonado-Passage begs for his freedom so he can ‘return to helping sick children and the homeless’.

He begs Trump: ‘Be my hero, please.’  

Tiger King’s Joe Exotic has shown off the prison injuries he says were sustained after he was ‘sexually assaulted by a guard and beat the f*** up’ in an Oklahoma prison

Federal prison sources told TMZ: ‘There was no such assault’

Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, has asked Donald Trump for a pardon

He insists that he was wrongly convicted on the testimony of people who the government knew were lying.

‘I grew up having faith in our system until I became trapped in it,’ he writes. 

Maldonado-Passage tells the president that he voted for him, and that he looks up to him. 

‘If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you,’ he writes.

‘Not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what YOU believe no matter what anyone thinks.’

He writes that everything he works for was ‘stolen by criminals’, and says he is ‘begging you to listen to the millions who see the truth’. 

Describing his alleged abuse in prison Maldonado-Passage told OK!: ‘A lot of times you are kept in solitary with nothing or no one which is very hard mentally.

‘If you’re gay you’re not allowed in the TV room to watch TV either, you’re treated the same as sex offenders by the inmates.’ 

Maldonado-Passage wrote a separate letter to the president’s son, who in April said he felt the 22-year-sentence was ‘aggressive’.

‘I watched the show but I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t,’ Trump Jr said. 

‘It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, “We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,” I’m saying, “That seems … sort of aggressive.”‘

Maldonado-Passage wrote a letter to Trump Jr on Facebook in June, and in his new letter writes: ‘Hey, it’s me again, Joe Exotic, I hate to bother you again but I truly have faith in you.’

The zoo owner claims that he is the victim of ‘fake news’, writing that he has been subjected to the whims of ‘bad agents, bad cops and bad prosecutors’.

He tells Trump Jr, a passionate hunter and outdoorsman, that he has been wrongly judged by over-zealous animal welfare authorities.  

And he tells him he has been sexually assaulted inside the Grady County jail in Oklahoma. He has since been transferred to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

‘I have been sexually assaulted by jail staff, beat up and tied in a chair to the point the skin came off my arms,’ he wrote.

‘Please be my hero … my hands are damaged from the abuse in jail so I’m sorry for the soppy (sic) writing and spelling.’

The jail has denied that Maldonado-Passage was harmed.    

Maldonado-Passage was convicted of murder-for-hire for his rivalry with Carol Baskin 

The threats against Baskin, who runs a big cat sanctuary, were a joke, the defense claims

Maldonado-Passage wrote a four-page handwritten letter to Donald Trump Jr

Trump Jr said in April that he felt Maldonado-Passage’s sentence was ‘aggressive’

Maldonado-Passage told Trump Jr that he had been sexually assaulted in prison

He ended his letter to the president’s son: ‘#TrumpJr2024’

Maldonado-Passage previously told OK! magazine about his alleged assault, earlier this month. 

He ended his letter with the phrase: ‘#TrumpJr.2024.’

In his 257-page file, Maldonado-Passage says he fears he may die before his scheduled 2037 release owing to anemia and other immune deficiencies. 

He insists that he never intended to kill his rival, Carol Baskin, and described his comments about plotting to murder her – as captured in the Netflix documentary – as ‘hyperbole’.

His lawyers claim the ‘threats’ were ‘simply another aspect of his showmanship … Joe’s jokes, at most, in bad taste, were merely jokes.’  

He admitted killing the tigers, but said it was because they needed to be euthanized. 

Maldonado-Passage also submitted character references including one from his husband Dillon Passage, and one from Kerri Walker, whose cousin worked at the zoo. 

Walker makes an appeal to Trump, saying Maldonado-Passage was wrongly judged, in the way that Trump was with the ‘grab-’em-by-the-p***y’ tape.

His husband writes: ‘I see a sweet, big heart man, with good intentions, who took a few steps down a dark road, and he’s just waiting to be pulled out of it.’

Dillon Passage wrote: ‘I see a sweet, big heart man, with good intentions, who took a few steps down a dark road, and he’s just waiting to be pulled out of it’

The dossier will be presented to the White House on Wednesday by Eric Love, a former law enforcement officer who now works as a private investigator. #

Earlier this year, Trump said he would consider issuing a pardon for Maldonado-Passage, after his son brought the case to him.

‘I’ll take a look,’ he told reporters in April. 

In June, when Trump Jr interviewed his father for a campaign video, the president said he had seen ‘a couple of episodes’ of the true crime miniseries.

‘He’s quite a character,’ Trump said of Maldonado-Passage. ‘That’s a strange guy and a lot of strange people around him.’

Maldonado-Passage’s supporters also have posted a series of letters online that he’s written to the White House seeking a pardon.

In August, when Trump promised a ‘surprise’ pardon, many of the reality TV star’s supporters hoped it would be him.

Instead, on August 18 Trump posthumously pardoned the woman’s suffragist Susan B. Anthony.  

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