Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle Arrested by FBI

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle

One of many zookeepers profiled on the ‘Tiger King” docuseries was arrested Friday by the FBI, on-line data present. Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, 62, stays locked up on the J. Reuben Lengthy Detention Middle in South Carolina as of Sunday morning.

He’s going through cash laundering expenses, that are anticipated to be introduced at a court docket listening to to happen Monday, an individual accustomed to the matter, however talking on situation of anonymity, instructed The Related Press. A spokesman for the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace stated that Antle was scheduled for a listening to to happen on Monday, in accordance with WMBF. PETA not too long ago claimed the zookeeper was utilizing charitable donations to his non-profit wildlife conservation fund for his for-profit zoo.

A spokesperson for his Myrtle Seashore zoo didn’t instantly reply to a Regulation&Crime request for remark.

Antle was amongst many controversial, eccentric figures who appeared on “Tiger King.” Zookeepers Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Unique) and rival Carole Baskin stood out for his or her nearly lethal rivalry, with Maldonado-Passage convicted for placing out a success on Baskin. However relying on the Tiger King character describing him, Antle had many “girlfriends” or “wives” or “companions.” In a follow-up season, ladies stated Antle sexually abused them once they have been 14 or 15. He additionally allegedly bodily abused ladies. Antle publicly denied these claims, together with one about him forging the signature of a 15-year-old woman’s father in an effort to marry her. He denied these allegations to WBTW, although he admitted to marrying that 15-year-old with permission from the woman’s mother and father. This union was a mistake, and so they divorced after six months, he reportedly stated.

“Netflix is at it once more with their tabloid model fiction based mostly docufantasy: Tiger King ‘A Doc Antle Story,”” he reportedly stated in an announcement. “It’s one more certainly one of Eric Goode foolish, twisted and distorted tales of half truths and lots of lies about my life 23-35 yrs in the past. The story is loosely strung collectively by Netflix producers who’re at all times so factual…not!”

Antle was indicted in 2020 in Virginia state court docket for expenses of wildlife trafficking, conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking, animal cruelty, and alleged conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act.

[Booking photo via J. Reuben Long Detention Center]

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