Convicted “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic says he was sexually assaulted by prison guards and that’s just one of the reasons President Trump should pardon him, according to a report Tuesday.
The former zoo owner and star of the Netflix docuseries who is serving a 22-year sentence after hiring a hit man to kill a big-cat rival — wrote a 257-page treatise to Trump on why he deserves to be pardoned and freed from custody in Texas, TMZ said.
“I have been sexually assaulted by jail staff, beat up and tied in a chair to the point the skin came off my arms,” claims the gay 57-year-old prisoner, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
“please be my hero,” Exotic, the fallen star of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” implores Trump.
“my hands are damaged from the abuse in jail so I’m sorry for the soppy (sic) writing and spelling.”
Prison sources insisted to TMZ that “there was no such assault.”
Online records show Exotic who also was accused of shooting five unwanted tigers in the head to make room for other big cats at his zoo is currently being housed at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth.
He has previously publicly pleaded for Trump’s help.
Exotic repeated some of his reasons in his latest missive, including that he has severe health problems, while maintaining his innocence.