卡罗尔, 60, and husband Howard Baskin filed a complaint against the streaming giant last week, alleging breach of contract for featuring them in 虎王 2 and its promotional trailer — despite their refusal to participate in the upcoming project.
According to court documents, the Baskins claim the use of that footage for anything other than the initial documentary violates the release forms they signed prior to filming.
然而, in new court documents obtained by PEOPLE on Monday, Netflix and production company Royal Goode Productions say the Baskins signed nine appearance releases and two location release agreements for 虎王 在 2019, 哪一个 “explicitly permit Defendants to use the footage in later projects.”
The document states: “Defendants did not need to obtain a release from Plaintiffs to use the footage in 虎王 2 or its promotional trailers. And there is nothing in any of the appearance releases that 禁止 any use of the footage. Accordingly, Plaintiffs have no claim at all, much less one that can evade Defendants’ First Amendment.”
Netflix already scored a win in the legal battle against the Baskins when a Florida judge denied their motion for a temporary restraining order that would block Netflix and Royal Goode Productions from featuring footage of them and their Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in the sequel.
The judge ruled that the Baskins “are not entitled to the extraordinary remedy of a temporary restraining order, which would be entered before Defendants have had an adequate opportunity to respond,” 根据 法庭文件.
“While the Court understands the Baskins’ frustration, it does not appear that inclusion of Defendants’ footage of the Baskins will cause any immediate harm that cannot be compensated with monetary damages,” the ruling stated.
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In a previous statement to PEOPLE, Howard said he and Carole were suing Netflix and Royal Goode Productions because the companies “无权使用我们在拍摄期间拍摄的任何视频或音频 虎王: 谋杀, 混乱与疯狂.”
“我们相信 [虎王 1] 显示 [producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin] to be devoid of ethics, 正直, 以及对大型猫科动物福利的任何关注,” 他继续, 添加: “我们向古德和柴克林明确表示，我们无意或无意参与 [虎王 2].”
霍华德说他和卡罗尔 “震惊” 查看视频中使用的素材 虎王 2 上个月发布的预告片.
“虽然我们无法阻止 Netflix 和 Royal Goode Productions 制作低俗的, 色情和耸人听闻的编程, 我们确实相信我们有权控制以虚假借口拍摄的我们的镜头,” 声明结束. “我们愿意相信大多数美国人会同意我们应该有权以这种方式保护我们的声誉并让娱乐巨头信守诺言。”
A spokesperson for Netflix had no comment when contacted by PEOPLE.
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虎王: 谋杀, 混乱, 和疯狂, 于 3 月在流媒体服务上首播 2020, captured the years-long feud between animal rights activist Carole and 约瑟夫 “乔异国情调” 马尔多纳多通道, 现在被监禁的俄克拉荷马州异国情调动物公园的创始人. 该节目还触及了卡罗尔已故丈夫的失踪, Don Lewis, a millionaire and animal sanctuary owner.
同时, 卡罗尔 has a two-part documentary special Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, which premieres Nov. 13 on discovery+.