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Carole Baskin from ‘The Tiger King’ is being sued by family of her missing husband. Here’s what we know

Jack Donald ‘Don’ Lewis went missing in 1997 and was presumed dead in 2002 after there were no leads

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In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. The family of Don Lewis, a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case.

Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla., on July 20, 2017. The family of Don Lewis, a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case.

Loren Elliott, Tampa Bay Times via Associated Press

Carole Baskin was known on the show “Tiger King” for her love of big cats but also the disappearance of her former husband, Jack Donald “Don” Lewis. There are many theories on what happened but no one exactly knows.

Now, the Lewis family has hired an attorney who is reopening the investigation, according to Forbes.

What allegedly happened to Don Lewis:

  • Lewis went missing one day before a scheduled vacation to Costa Rica on Aug. 18, 1997.
  • In April 2002, Lewis was declared dead, Forbes reports.
  • Baskin received most of her husband’s estate along with close to $6 million, according to Forbes.
  • Per BBC, Baskin said: “It’s been my policy not to discuss pending litigation until it’s been resolved.”

What’s going on:

  • According to BBC News, a lawsuit has been filed against Baskin to get her to testify about her late husband on the record.
  • The Lewis family is also offering a reward of $100,000 for information regarding Lewis’ disappearance.
  • Baskin commented on the issue in an email to local news station WFLA, writing, “I believe it is a publicity stunt orchestrated by (family spokesman) Jack Smith to bolster his YouTube views but do hope that all of the attention from Tiger King and the aftermath will result in us finding Don.”
  • Four billboards have also been placed around Tampa by the Lewis’ asking “Who murdered Don Lewis?”