Exotic — born Joseph Schreibvogel and whose current legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — was placed in isolation when he was transferred to the Bureau of Prison's Federal Medical Center Forth Worth in Texas earlier this year due to coronavirus concerns, the directors of “Tiger King” told The Hollywood Reporter. He had been in a windowless area of the secure housing unit, according to a representative who runs his Instagram.
But Exotic is in isolation no longer, according to a Tuesday Instagram post. He’s now in "a room with a hospital bed and a WINDOW," according to the post.
A statement posted to Exotic's Instagram on Wednesday noted that “Joe is OUT of isolation and getting the care he needs because of YOU!!”
The post thanked more than 2,000 people for writing letters asking for his release from isolation. The statement also claimed that Exotic was “being unjustly held in solitary confinement for an extended period of time.”
The Bureau of Prisons previously told Oxygen.com that information about Exotic cannot be disclosed.
Exotic’s husband, Dillon Passage, told PEOPLE earlier this month that Exotic “feels like he's being punished because he's in solitary confinement, which isn't necessarily the case."
"I mean, I don't know exactly what's happening in there. But I know that being in a small concrete room is probably miserable," Passage said. "I feel bad for him because Joe's the type of person who needs constant attention and people around him and if he can't have people around him, he's got to be able to talk to them."
Exotic is currently serving 22 years in federal prison after he was found guilty last year of hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, his longtime rival. Baskin, a big cat activist, was awarded Exotic's former zoo earlier this month as part of a court judgment in a trademark infringement case.
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