Survivor Winner Richard Hatch Violated Probation
Survivor winner Richard Hatch goes before judge on violation of probation charges today.
Richard Hatch, and his fellow cast mates, shot to fame during the first season of Survivor. The show started off well and quickly became a phenomenon with more than 51 million people tuning into the final episode to see who would win. Hatch was one of the standouts. He was cocky, even arrogant, but madly brilliant. He knew right away that he couldn’t compete on a physical level so he played – and you could argue invented – the social game of Survivor. With his victory came the $1 million dollar prize and instant fame. Part of what made Hatch such a standout star was that he was openly gay, walked around nude and even turned the older, homophobic Rudy into a friend.
Richard Hatch later appeared in Season 8 of Survivor which was its first “all-star” show, but he was voted out pretty quickly.
In January of 2005 the U.S. States Attorney filed charges against Hatch stating that he had failed to report the $1 million he had won on Survivor. He allegedly, failed to report and additional $321,000 he received for various appearances on a Boston radio station. He was officially indicted in September of that same year then in January of 2006 he was found guilty of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 51 months in jail and three years of supervised probation after his release. Through it all Hatch claimed he was innocent. He claimed that the agreement he had with the Survivor producers was that they would pay the taxes on his winnings. In May of 2009 he was released from jail and served five more months on house arrest.
Richard Hatch has been on supervised probation since his release in Oct 2009. He goes before the judge today on charges that he has violated that probation. The terms of his probation are that he must find work, complete a mental health program, re-file his 2000 and 2001 tax returns and pay all back taxes. It was not released which of these terms Hatch is accused of violating. If he is found guilty it could be back to jail time for Richard.
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