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Tiger King star Doc Antle has been arrested on South Carolina money laundering charges

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Tiger King star Doc Antle has been arrested on charges of money laundering in South Carolina… after being previously charged with animal cruelty and trafficking

  • The 62-year-old was booked into Horry County just after 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday
  • According to TMZ, federal law enforcement sources confirmed ‘the charges are related to money laundering’
  • Myrtle Beach Safari owner – born Bhagavan Antle – will appear in court next week
  • Antle rose to worldwide fame after being featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary Tiger King, which premiered in March
  • In October 2020, the animal trainer was charged with wildlife smuggling in Virginia after allegedly trading lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia.
  • He was also criticized by PETA for allowing celebrity guests such as Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and Larsa Pippen to physically interact with wild animals.

Doc Antle, a wildlife trainer featured in the hit Netflix ‘Tiger King’ series, has been arrested by the FBI in South Carolina on charges of money laundering.

According to TMZthe 62-year-old was booked into Horry County just after 3:30 p.m. local time Friday, with federal law enforcement sources confirming that “the charges are related to money laundering.”

The owner of Myrtle Beach Safari – born Bhagavan Antle – is due to appear in court next week.

Arrested: Tiger King star Doc Antle, 62, was arrested earlier today in South Carolina on charges of money laundering according to TMZ, and will appear in court next week

This isn’t the first legal problem Antle – who has long been the target of criticism over its tropical wildlife sanctuary – has faced.

In October 2020, the American animal trainer was charged with wildlife smuggling in Virginia after he allegedly traded lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia.

According to the Doc, the state attorney general, was charged with one felony of wildlife trafficking, one felony of conspiracy to commit wildlife, and 13 charges of animal cruelty and the Endangered Species Act.

Legal issues: In October 2020, the animal trainer was charged with wildlife smuggling in Virginia after allegedly trafficking lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia

Legal issues: In October 2020, the animal trainer was charged with wildlife smuggling in Virginia after allegedly trafficking lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia

Doc’s daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakum Watterson, were also charged with felonies.

Tawny was charged with a felony of cruelty to animals, while Tilakum was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals and two felony counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

Doc told TMZ at the time, “I am horribly shocked and disappointed at the charges brought against me by the Commonwealth of Virginia and how they have tried to involve my daughters in this case.”

Ongoing criticism: He was also criticized by PETA for allowing celebrity guests such as Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and Larsa Pippen to physically interact with wild animals

Ongoing criticism: He was also criticized by PETA for allowing celebrity guests such as Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and Larsa Pippen to physically interact with wild animals

He went on to “categorically deny” the allegations and “any act or conduct that could ever be considered “animal cruelty.”

He was also criticized by PETA for allowing celebrity guests such as Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and Larsa Pippen to physically interact with wildlife in his park.

Antle rose to worldwide fame after being featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary Tiger King, which premiered in March.

The show follows the bitter rivalry between Joseph ‘Joe Exotic’ Maldonado-Passage – the currently imprisoned founder of Oklahoma’s infamous Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park – and Carole Baskin, the owner of Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

His claim to fame: Antle gained worldwide fame after being featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary Tiger King, which premiered in March

His claim to fame: Antle gained worldwide fame after being featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary Tiger King, which premiered in March

Antle is portrayed as Joe’s mentor. He is also shown to have a cult-like approach to business, as a polygamist with a set of devoted female employee followers.

The California native was also part of Britney Spears’ iconic 2001 I’m a Slave 4 U VMAs performance, in which he was the animal handler.

Spears, 40, started the show in a cage with Antle and a liger – a hybrid of a tiger mother and a lion father – then walked onto the stage where she danced with a python wrapped around her shoulders.

According to his website, he has also worked as an animal handler on such films as Ace Ventura, Dr. Doolittle, Mighty Joe Young and The Jungle Book.

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