Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage was unexpectedly transferred to a federal medical center this week amid his ongoing battle with cancer.
The “Tiger King” star’s attorney, John M. Phillips, confirmed to Fox News on Friday that Exotic was transferred from the Fort Worth Federal Medical Center in Texas to the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina “during the late hours of November 16 or early morning hours of November 17.” The reason for his transfer is to be treated in his cancer fight.
The transfer was supposed to occur later this month, Phillips said.
The Butner correctional complex is made up of four prisons and a medical center. Phillips notes in a press release that it’s been home to a number of “celebrity inmates,” including Bernie Madoff.
“He needs cancer treatment, but we hoped the Marshal’s Service and Bureau of Prisons would choose to send him to Oklahoma, so he can prepare for his re-sentencing and upcoming Motions to overturn his conviction,” the lead attorney said.
Phillips has described Exotic as “one of the most passionate, full of life, clients I have ever had the pleasure of representing.” He said Exotic informed him of his prostate cancer diagnosis on Nov. 1.
“As noted in Joe’s recent statements, he has been undergoing medical treatment and tests for a host of issues. The PSA tes… (Read more)