Did ‘Selling Sunset’ star get a tiger for security after death threats?
LA really is an urban jungle.
Christine Quinn, known for starring in Netflix’s real estate reality show “Selling Sunset,” has reportedly taken extreme measures in response to recent “terrifying” threats upon her life — including hiring human, canine and feline security guards.
After showcasing herself and her house on the TV series, her neighbors warned that “a lot of weird things were happening in the area,” the UK’s Daily Star reported. She said it was “a little scary” that people knew where she lived.
Her response: “If guns and dogs don’t scare people, we need a tiger.”
And after further thought, she came to the conclusion that this was actually a good idea.
“I decided it would be really fun to do that,” she said. “So we found this guy who trains tigers as pets and got one.”
Now, Quinn, 31, and her husband, Christian Richard, have a full-time, multispecies private defense team at their Los Angeles mansion, which was recently featured on “MTV Cribs.”
“We have got full-time security. There are armed guards and canine unit dogs,” as well as the tiger, who is “so friendly” that she doesn’t keep him on a leash, she said.
While the big cat made Quinn feel happy and safe, the California Fish and Game Code “makes it a misdemeanor to keep as a pet any animal that is endangered or which the department considers a threat to public health and safety or to native fish, wildlife, or agriculture,” according to a state law firm.
However, when contacted by The Post, a representative for Quinn said that the reality star did not actually possess a ferocious pet feline.
“Christine Quinn does not own a tiger. Her statements were simply an embellishment as part of a storyline for MTV Cribs,” her publicist told The Post in a statement. “The appearance of the tiger was fully permitted by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. Additionally, an officer from the Animal Protection Unit of LA Animal Services was on-site to guarantee the tiger’s wellbeing.”
Quinn, for her part, is shocked that she has been driven to acquire a wild animal for protection.
“I never thought I would be the kind of person who would need all this … having armed guards in the driveway,” she said. “But I’m thankful to be in this position. You’re only hated if you’ve done something great. That’s how I like to look at it.”
As a child, she explained, she had very little, let alone a pet tiger, and she feels like she’s earned it.
“When I was young, my family were poor. So it’s all very surreal for me to have this life,” she said. “I didn’t grow up with these things. But I feel like I’ve worked really hard. I enjoy it and I love it.”
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