Ohhhh, that crazy Richard Hatch. Remember him? He’s the dude who won the first Survivor, then went to jail because he didn’t pay the taxes on his winnings. And then he said he didn’t pay the taxes because he’d caught CBS producers sneaking food to some of the other contestants, and in order to keep him quiet, they offered to pay his income taxes if he won. And then they, of course, didn’t. It’s all such insanity. So Rich is in jail, and now he wants out.
Hatch, who is representing himself, filed the request Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence. He is now serving a four-year and three-month sentence at a prison in West Virginia.
The reality TV star argued in a 43-page memo that he should be released because he is innocent, was represented by ineffective lawyers and that a judge improperly calculated his prison sentence.
“Hatch’s portrayal on ‘Survivor’ and his media-concocted caricature as villainous and manipulative continue to unfairly bleed into legal proceedings and wield unjust influence,” Hatch said.
U.S. District Court Judge William Smith has not yet ruled on the request.
Prosecutors will respond to Hatch’s motion in the coming weeks, said Tom Connell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
In October, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider Hatch’s appeal.
This man is crazy, crazy, crazy. The point is, he didn’t pay his taxes. You gotta pay your taxes. You don’t have to like it, but you have to do it. Trust me, I’m trying to figure out how I’m gonna pay mine right now, and, frankly, jail sounds like a less stressful route.