Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 September 2020

Family of Carole Baskin's missing husband run advert during her 'Dancing with the Stars' debut

The family broadcast a televised appeal during the show's commercial break

The family of ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin's missing husband broadcast an advert during her 'Dancing with the Stars' debut. Netflix 
The family of ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin's missing husband broadcast an advert during her 'Dancing with the Stars' debut. Netflix 

Carole Baskin became a household name earlier this year due to the roaring success of Netflix’s Tiger King.

But Baskin, a big-cat-rights activist and founder of the Big Cat Rescue centre in Florida, faced scrutiny following the show’s debut over the disappearance of her husband Don Lewis in 1997.

And the scrutiny was reignited on Monday evening during Baskin’s debut on US reality television show Dancing With The Stars, after members of Lewis’s family aired a commercial during the show’s commercial break appealing for information about his disappearance.

Several people interviewed on Tiger King and many of the show’s viewers have said that they believe Baskin killed Lewis by feeding him to the tigers at her sanctuary and disposing of any evidence in a meat grinder.

Baskin has repeatedly denied allegations that she was involved in Lewis’s disappearance, and no one has ever been arrested or charged in connection with the case. Lewis was declared legally dead in 2002, however, due to interest in the case sparked by Tiger King, police in Florida reopened the case and sent out an appeal for information.

The commercial that aired on Monday featured Lewis’s three daughters, his former assistant and his family lawyer, who asked viewers with any information on his disappearance or Baskin’s alleged involvement reach out to a tip line. They also said a $100,000 (Dh367,000) reward has been funded for the investigation.

Baskin made her debut in the reality show with a dance to Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, while dressed in a tiger-print outfit.

She stars on the show alongside the likes of Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and rapper Nelly.

Updated: September 15, 2020 02:14 PM

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