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Tiger King pulled a gun on Home & Away star

The 38-year-old, who recently moved back to Australia from the US, made the revelation during an interview on b105’s Breakfast with Stav, Abby and Matt on Thursday.Sursok, who lived in the states for 15 years, said she and her producer husband Sean McEwen walked into “one of his (Exotic’s) bars” to film a project when the ‘tiger king’ appeared and suddenly pulled a gun on them.“We were in one of his bars and he pulled a gun on us … The actual Joe Exotic pulled a gun on us and was like, ‘Get out of our bar!’,” she said.“And then the producer came in and said, ‘No, no, they are allowed to shoot here’, and he was like, ‘OK’, and put his gun away.“In America you always think they’re going to shoot and there’s so many … We heard gunshots the day we left. You can’t ever think that they’re not, so you’re always on the defence.“I mean he pulled a gun on us and if we had fought him he would’ve shot us in the arm. I’m sure if we kerfuffled, I don’t know, I wouldn’t put it past him. You don’t know what people are like when they’re protecting something that they value.”It is not known if Exotic, 58, owned any bars in the US, however he had a foothold on his local Oklahoma community where he ran his now defunct big cat zoo.Exotic, who is serving 22 years in federal jail for a murder-for-hire plot, shot to fame on the Netflix series Tiger King early last year.The mother-of-two said the terrifying incident happened before he gained a profile, before revealing her husband suggested Exotic would make for good reality TV.“My husband said to me that night, ‘It’d be so great to get the rights to his story’,” Sursok said. “And we were like, ‘Nah, nothing would happen with that!’,” she said.“That was the worst decision we ever made.”The Sydney-raised star featured on Home And Away for four years from 2000, before moving to the US to further pave her acting career, where she worked on hit shows including Hannah Montana, Pretty Little Liars and The Young and the Restless.

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