Joe Exotic—convicted of a murder-for-hire plot—has suggested the violent riots sweeping the nation are a direct result of homophobia at the highest levels of the judicial system.
Labeling himself a martyr—“they got what they wanted, this Queer in Prison—the Tiger King star, who is serving a 22-year sentence also for animal abuse convictions,
“The system is broken,” Joe, 53, said via email. “The riots and protest on the streets will never change anything until we get people united and understand it's the corruption within the system.
“Prosecutors, detectives and federal agents, and judges that cover the corruption and make up the law as they see fit … as they go so they can move up the political ladder by having a good conviction rate, even if it takes putting an innocent person in prison.”
He added, “Our nation will never be ok as long as we have this going on in our system and people must slow down, take a breath, and look at the big picture instead of trying to put a Band-Aid on the problem out in the streets; until you get rid of the race issue and prejudice within the inside system, nothing will change.”
The full text of the email is published here:
I thank people all over the world for their love and support. Just the letters that come to me daily from people all over the world show that being accepted in today's world for being gay is much easier than ever before, but this is in regards to the people of the world--we still have a huge problem within our system of being accepted.
Before I left my zoo for fear of my husband's and my safety, I had made complaints to the Garvin County Sheriff's office that NAME REDACTED had sent text messages to my husband Dillon saying he was going to bulldoze my house and beat the fag out of Dillon. The very next day I was in Ardmore, Oklahoma having surgery and NAME REDACTED and his wife, NAME REDACTED, together physically tried to beat Dillon up while I was gone and the Sheriff's office refused to return any calls so we could file charges and a hate crime complaint; to this day this has gone without anything being done.
The Federal Agent NAME REDACTED and his confidential informant, NAME REDACTED, both exchanged text messages with NAME REDACTED, during the time they were setting me up, that they wanted this Queer in prison, and these messages where all produced by the Asst. U.S. Attorney's office as discovery material, but kept away from the jury with a protection order along with the text messages from NAME REDACTED phone, proving I was innocent and he was lying under oath.
I am the only person to ever be criminally charged with this crime as Tim Stark of Indiana, Dade City Wildthings of Florida, and Tri State Zoo are all being civilly sued by PETA for the same violation of the Endangered Species Act as I was sent to prison over, only because I was outspoken and openly gay.
They got what they wanted—this Queer in Prison.
The system is broken and the riots and protest on the streets will never change anything until we get people united and understand it's the corruption within the system as Prosecutors, Detectives and Federal Agents, and Judges that cover the corruption and make up the law as they see fit as they go so they can move up the political ladder by having a good conviction rate, even if it takes putting an innocent person in prison.
I had the proof to show I did not do this and my cell phones still can prove this fact, but during the over one year NAME REDACTED conducted this set up, NOT ONE person on the Government's side questioned me, looked at my evidence, or questioned one person that knew the truth to my story.
My whole case was their witnesses that lied and were rehearsed in their testimony to say what they needed to shut me down and put me in prison. I was given a life sentence for doing nothing except euthanizing five tigers, which my USDA inspectors told me to do, and my zoo manager John Reinke was a witness to this fact.
During my sentencing, my judge went on record to be disgusted that I was supporting my husband from jail, which sounded very homophobic, and I even filed a motion to have him recuse himself, which he denied.
Our nation will never be ok as long as we have this going on in our system and people must slow down, take a breath, and look at the big picture instead of trying to put a Band-Aid on the problem out in the streets; until you get rid of the race issue and prejudice within the inside system nothing will change.
As OK! previously reported, Joe plans to appeal to President Donald Trump for a pardon as soon as next week.
What’s more, graphic photos provided to OK! show a bloody and beaten Joe after a recent incident after he was transferred to Texas in March from Grady County, Oklahoma.
"I was sexually assaulted by a guard in Grady County (Oklahoma), beat the f*ck up and stripped naked,” Joe said via email to Gay TV, and provided to OK!.
“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.”
Joe’s shocking disclosures were made via email to Gay USA, the weekly television program and provided exclusively to OK!, because he was frustrated that he is unable to give interviews from behind bars.
“Joe said that the prison won't allow him to do interviews or press conferences, so that's why he reached out,” a supporter told OK!.
“Most of his support has come from his fan base since Tiger King aired—80% are straight middle-aged women, the rest are people who are personal friends, exotic animal owners. and a few LGBTQ folks, but not many.
“Joe doesn't fit any stereotypes, that's for sure.”
Prior to being a zookeeper, Joe was a police officer—briefly serving as the chief of police in Eastvale, Texas.
He also had three unsuccessful runs for public office, first for President of the United States in 2016 as an independent, and then for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018 as a Libertarian.
In 2017, before officially entering the race for Governor, he filed as a candidate seeking the Libertarian nomination for President.
Said the friend: “His political beliefs should not overshadow his experience of discrimination as an openly gay man living authentically in the USA.”