Tiger King’s Joe Exotic has slammed the US criminal justice system for their lack of medical treatment as his cancer worsens (Picture: Netflix/ TNS)
The American media personality, who has been serving his 22-year sentence in Texas, claimed in a new interview that he would prefer to die if it is confirmed that the cancer is stage three or four.
Exotic, real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, explained that he was recently forced to undergo a CT scan last week and the results were not encouraging.
He continued: ‘They are concerned it is in my stomach and pelvis. I have not had any treatment or anything since May. I puke when I pee – the pain is that bad.
The Netflix star has been in jail since 2019 and he was officially handed a 22-year sentence in 2020 (Picture: Santa Rosa County Jail via AP/File)
‘I’m losing weight all the time and the pain in my hip and pelvis hurts. I limp to walk. And my stomach has hurt for over a year.’
Exotic said that he hopes to be taken to a specialist medical center for ‘many tests’ including a ‘biopsy of my prostate and bladder, colonoscopy and endoscopy.’
However, the TV star claims that he will refuse medical treatment if the disease has progressed too far as he continued: ‘When we find out where and how bad it is I will decide if I am going to do treatment. If it’s stage three or four I am going to let it take me.’
Joe Exotic was found guilty of a murder-to-hire plot against Carole Baskin (Picture: Netflix)
The former zoo keeper criticized the US criminal justice system over lack of medical treatment for prisoners as he accused prison doctors of ‘not giving a s**t’.
He said: ‘This is crazy how they put people in here and just let you die.
‘The things that I’ve seen and the dead people I’ve seen wheeled out of here is outrageous and it’s time that our president and our politicians hear the truth.’
In May, Exotic had begged to be freed from prison, revealing that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in a string of tweets.