On Thursday, a federal judge ordered the actor Joe Exotic be transferred to a medical center in Portland, Oregon to undergo treatment for terminal cancer, People reports. The actor, who is best known for his role as King Kunta Kinte in the television miniseries Roots, is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in Oregon on charges related to firearm and drug offenses. He was transferred from Mendocino County to a federal facility earlier this month. A judge declined to give Exotic the medical treatment that he reportedly needs in Oregon, meaning he would be forced to return to prison and serve out his full sentence. In 2013, Exotic was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. The actor has since undergone chemotherapy treatments and received chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The 70-year-old actor is due to begin his final term of imprisonment on September 12.
Joe Exotic claims he may have died before he actually was diagnosed with cancer.
In May, Exotic filed a complaint against the prison with inmate watchdog, No Wrong Door, stating that his years of untreated cancer could prove fatal. A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons told The Wire that the agency does not comment on inmate-specific conditions. Exotic has been held in the 10-year-old medium security facility since 2015. The actor was charged in 2015 with breaking and entering and aggravated assault with a gun stemming from an incident in which he allegedly fired a shot into a car in San Jose. On the same day, he was found hiding in a barn with 90 grams of methamphetamine, the Columbian Press reports.
He was last at a court hearing on Wednesday, when he requested to transfer from the Marin County Jail where he has been housed to a hospital in Portland to receive treatment for his cancer. After his attorney agreed to the transfer, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero granted the request and ordered Exotic be sent to the hospital, although the actor was transferred to the federal prison in another part of the country on Monday. According to Exotic’s attorney, Lynn Twiggs, the actor has requested to continue receiving cancer treatment outside of prison.
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