‘Tiger King’ star Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle was arrested by the FBI on Friday and is expected to appear in court on Monday to face federal money laundering charges, a person close to the Associated Press told The Associated Press. case. Federal agents arrested the controversial wildlife trainer on Friday. and he was held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina, throughout the weekend. (The above video was posted Friday.) Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, is featured prominently in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries focused on about tiger breeders and private zoo operators In the United States, the series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who was also targeted for animal abuse and was convicted of a conspiracy to kill a rival, Carole Baskin. The charges against Antle, 62, were to be formally announced during court proceedings on Monday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina. The charges relate to allegations of money laundering, a person familiar with the matter told the AP on Saturday. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. Animal rights activists have accused Antle of abusing lions and other wildlife. He was indicted in Virginia in 2020 for animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking. PETA alleges that it uses some of the money from the fund to subsidize its safari site in Socastee, near Myrtle Beach. “It’s only fitting that ‘Doc’ Antle is behind bars after years of locking up the endangered animals he uses in sordid photo ops. His legal troubles are piling up, as PETA recently exposed his apparent ‘charity’ scam, and the end of his reign of terrorizing baby tigers can’t come soon enough,” said Debbie Metzler, associate director of captive animal law enforcement at PETA. division, in a press release. Meanwhile, in Virginia, Antle faces two counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in wildlife, as well as 13 counts of conspiracy to violate the endangered species law and animal cruelty charges related to lion cub trafficking. . Those charges are expected to go to trial next month. Antle has a history of recorded violations, dating back to 1989, when he was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his Virginia zoo. Over the years, he has received over 35 violations from the USDA for mistreating animals.

‘Tiger King’ star Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle was arrested by the FBI on Friday and is expected to appear in court on Monday to face federal money laundering charges, a person close to the Associated Press told The Associated Press. case.

Federal agents arrested the controversial wildlife trainer on Friday and he was held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina, throughout the weekend. (The above video was posted on Friday.)

Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, is featured prominently in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries focusing on tiger breeders and private zoo operators in the United States. United States. The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who was also targeted for animal abuse and convicted of a plot to kill rival Carole Baskin.

The charges against Antle, 62, were to be formally announced during court proceedings on Monday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina. The charges relate to allegations of money laundering, a person familiar with the matter told the AP on Saturday. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Animal rights activists have accused Antle of abusing lions and other wildlife. He was indicted in Virginia in 2020 for animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking.

In May, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the IRS to investigate Antle’s Rare Species Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for wildlife conservation. PETA alleges that it uses some of the money from the fund to subsidize its safari site in Socastee outside of Myrtle Beach.

“It’s fitting that ‘Doc’ Antle is behind bars after years of locking up endangered animals he uses in sordid photo ops. His legal troubles are piling up, as PETA recently exposed his apparent ‘charity’ scam, and the end of his reign of terrorizing baby tigers can’t come soon enough,” said Debbie Metzler, associate director of the app. of PETA’s Captive Animals Act division, in a statement.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Antle faces two counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in wildlife, as well as 13 counts of conspiracy to violate the endangered species law and animal cruelty charges related to lion cub trafficking. Those charges are expected to go to trial next month.

Antle has a history of recorded violations, dating back to 1989, when he was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his Virginia zoo. Over the years, he has received over 35 violations from the USDA for mistreating animals.