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Richard Hatch Still Ticked About Being Thrown Back in Jail

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 17th 2010 2:07PM
Richard Hatch attends 10th Anniversary party for 'Survivor' in January 2010When CBS threw their tenth-anniversary party for 'Survivor' last month during the TCA press tour, there was only one person I wanted to talk to: Richard Hatch. And there was only one reason I wanted to talk to him: Someone claiming to be him sent us an e-mail comment in response to a post Allison did in October; Allison basically told him to stop airing public comments regarding the incident that sent him back to jail last summer.

If you recall, he gave an interview with 'Today' and two other NBC properties last August; he was sent back to jail because he was supposedly only given permission to talk to 'Today.'

In the note to us, the person -- who we're pretty sure was Hatch, based on some digging we did after the note came in -- claims that the system is "broken" and that he doesn't owe any back taxes, something Hatch has said in public a number of times.

So, I decided to ask him about whether he liked sending websites e-mails like that, then we talked a little about the case.

I think you left a comment on one of our articles about you. Or someone claiming to be you did.

I don't remember TV Squad, so I don't remember whether I did or not.

If you see articles about yourself and you think they're unfair, you've actually gone and left comments? Have you done that?
No. I tend not to do that. It's absurd, because there are too many people who I could never explain the whole story to. But if there are professional reporters who are interested in investigating and looking into what's true, then I tend to give them the time. There aren't many out there.

What happened with NBC that sent you back to jail, was that truly a misunderstanding?
No, it was not truly a misunderstanding. It was a calculated action on the part of a corrupt and broken bureau of prisons bureaucrat who had been intentionally targeting me for quite some time. Her name's Deborah Mann. And we spent over a month obtaining permission in writing to do interviews. We requested permission to interview with all of the networks who asked: ABC, NBC, CBS, all of them.

And the bureau of prisons denied us that, and told us to pick one. All of this is being made up on the fly by them as they go along, just to delay me from talking. They finally told us to pick one, and we picked NBC. We scheduled a date and a time and a place. They came to my home with one camera crew in one location at one time, and they asked me questions.

But it was three different interviews...
I'll finish the answer, please. They asked me questions, and when I was done, the next day, they arrested me because there were three people asking me questions. Never prior to that had they ever asked me how many people would be asking me questions. They were all from NBC, they were all coordinated by the NBC producer, they were with the same camera crew, and this was intentional on their part to keep me from continuing to talk about what has been done wrong.

So they never gave you any stipulation that it had to be the 'Today' show or anything like that?
Of course not. Nor can they present that to you, or any other respectable reporter who would investigate. There is no such thing. They can only provide you with the permission they gave me to interview with NBC, which is all I did. There was no one there from CBS, there was no one there from ABC, who all asked. But they don't care about that. They wanted me quiet, and they put me back in.

Do you know of anybody out there that's actually looking into your allegations right now?
Oh yeah. I'm still in the midst of being exonerated. We're before the court in Rhode Island as we speak, right now with a motion to be exonerated.

With your case though, you will be exonerated for the whole tax evasion case? Is that what you're talking about?
Completely. For everything. I didn't do anything. I'm absolutely innocent, and eventually, whether I'm exonerated or not, that will come out.

So, a 'Survivor' question: How do you feel about being the inventor of the alliance? Because every reality show since then has tried to do alliances.
They have. And again, it's probably just a luck of the circumstances. But I thought about it. I put some thought into what I was going to need, and I went into the game thinking that's what I'm gonna have to do, and so I did it. And you know, people still haven't figured out how to do it well. There has to be some integrity in that alliance, even though there is going to come a point when it breaks up. And it's tough to watch as it unfolds now.

If you want to talk about your case with TV Squad, let me know.
Yeah. You know, the people I talk to about that kind of thing are the people I've seen do some investigation and come with intelligent questions. And then I answer those questions based on what I've... on my perception of whether or not they really are interested, or whether they have an agenda to sway one way or the other. So you come with intelligent questions, having looked into the issues, I'm happy to answer them.

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Joyce N.

But Hatch brought them to reality TV.

February 18 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hatch didn't invent alliances, anyone who has ever played the board game "Risk" invented alliances.

February 17 2010 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hatch is not being put upon by the authorities. He is a foolish scofflaw and is being punished for it.

February 17 2010 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Vado

Regardless of whether Richard Hatch is a douchebag, or whether you like him or not, the fact is that from an observers point of view this is one of the worst cases of abuse of process I can see. I mean, seriously, he's being treated like some hard-core terrorist or something with his basic freedoms of speech and movement being restricted in a way that, to me, seems shocking.

I mean, how much money could possibly be involved here? How much money has been spent keeping this guy in prison? Is this the price we are all going to pay for making a mistake? I mean, I realize the only thing that landed Al Capone in prison was tax evasion, but is Richard Hatch the new Capone?

Am I going to end up in Gitmo just for talking about this?

Man, I love my country, but I fear my government.

February 17 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He means, quite simply, that he didn't do what he was accused of doing. Hatch suggests that CBS had said it would cover the taxes. Also, Hatch has never been assessed a penalty. He's still never paid the taxes because the IRS has never told him what to pay. Period.

And before you take the time to figure out if I'm him... um... no.

February 17 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a grade-A douchebag. He should be locked up together with Omerosa and throw away the key.

February 17 2010 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please find out what Hatch means about not being guilty of tax invasion.

February 17 2010 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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