Jeff Lowe of Tiger King Park, Thackerville, OK, skipped his court hearing in Las Vegas yesterday. A judge issued four bench warrants for his arrest, totaling $20,500 to settle.
Yesterday’s hearing was in relation to a 2017 case that alleges he illegally used exotic animals for profit in Las Vegas. In that case, Jeff was ordered to stay out of trouble. Jeff previously missed a hearing in the Las Vegas case in March, claiming he had a stroke. His lawyer has now quit.
Jeff and his wife Lauren were made famous in the Netflix series Tiger King. After the show came out, the pair came under fire for their treatment of the animals at their roadside zoo.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) brought a lawsuit against Jeff and Lauren late last year and last month they removed all of the endangered big cats from the Tiger King Park property.
The DOJ lawsuit is a violation of the Las Vegas court order that required Jeff to stay out of trouble. Then on Saturday, Jeff and Lauren were both arrested for Driving Under the Influence, another apparent violation of the Las Vegas court order.
Jeff’s next hearing in the DOJ case is tomorrow. At that hearing, Jeff and Lauren are on the hook for up to $30,000 in fines and the judge may order Jeff and Lauren to pay the DOJ up to $41,000 in damages.
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