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Taking It to the Top

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The first ever Survivor winner, Richard Hatch, has successfully appealed his tax evasion conviction…..all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That's quite an achievement…the U.S. Supreme Court takes up only a small number of the appeals it receives.

Hatch was convicted two years ago of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the debut season of the hit CBS reality series.

He was sentenced to more than four years in prison, where he's currently sitting pretty.

Hatch's lawyer has said his client confronted producers about cheating during taping of the show, and a producer promised his taxes would be paid if he kept quiet and went on to win the competition.

CBS claims Hatch's assertions have no merit.

We'll see what the Supreme Court Justices have to say!

You know what????

This would make a great….reality TV show!

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38 comments to “Taking It to the Top”

  1. first says – reply to this



  2. Noepop says – reply to this



  3. Julie says – reply to this


    first =)

  4. You' says – reply to this


    he's gross

  5. crazy says – reply to this


    he scares me

    search: crazyunicorns

  6. stepha says – reply to this


    nice legs.

  7. MT Buc says – reply to this


    HA HA
    Not THATS reality!!!!

  8. CDub says – reply to this


    first? who cares about richard anyway? hes not a real celebrity. he just ran around naked and won some money.

  9. lbet says – reply to this



  10. perez_ says – reply to this


    perez is gay! just thought you all should know

  11. You' says – reply to this


    he does not want his 15minutes to be up.

  12. Pay Up says – reply to this


    Once an asshole, always an asshole. At least it's doing him some good in the slammer

  13. joey j says – reply to this



  14. 14


  15. goody says – reply to this


    Well he out-witted on survivor and he'll do the same in court

  16. Ribela says – reply to this


    PEREZ is fat

  17. Bob says – reply to this


    Once again…….you don't know what you're talking about.

    The Supremes have not agreed to actually hear the case.

    One can always appeal and request it, but the Supremes probably won't grant cert and his appeal will then die.

  18. gupto says – reply to this


    Is he broke yet?

  19. Wick says – reply to this


    Hatch did NOT successfully appeal his case. He merely filed an appeal which will be TURNED DOWN because there is not Constitutional conflict involved. The Supremes will not hear He Said/He Said (except for Bush v. Gore of course)

  20. Felipe says – reply to this


    What a douche

  21. red says – reply to this


    How does one cheat at Survivor?? What, did he have a pizza delivered that they didn't know about?? I don't get it, please tell me how someone cheats at Survivor?

  22. russo says – reply to this



    NO ONE should have to pay taxes to the IRS because its nothing more then the enforcement arm of the Federal Reserve - a privately owned institution run by the British Crown, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, JP Morgan, the Warburgs and other elitist. They issue money to US citizens on a computer ledger AND charge interest for it, even though our treasury prints it up AND our congress could issue the money itself INTEREST FREE. Wake up people! Richard Hatch should not have served a single day on tax charges. The federal reserve should be disbanded and Congress should start issuing our currency. Go to freedomtofascism.com to learn the truth.


  23. Joe Bl says – reply to this


    You just cut and pasted parts of an AP article. Nice journalism asshole!

  24. luvsit says – reply to this


    i dont see why it matters, im sure he doesnt have a dime of that million left anyways

  25. gerry says – reply to this


    He is nothing but a nasty dirty fag!

  26. Ash says – reply to this


    My friend is in love with him.

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  28. spence says – reply to this


    Your comment is misleading. you said that he was succesful. However, in order to successful appeal the case to the supreme court you have to get the u.s. supreme court to rule in your favor. i don't know if you were just dumb and didn't know that or just didn't care.

  29. 29

    Dear Perez,

    You should have consulted Popsquire, a lawyer and pop culture expert. I would have told you that Richard Hatch's case is not actually before the US Supreme Court. Just because he filed an appeal does not mean that the Court will hear the case. In fact, they probably won't.

    Popsquire (www.popsquire.com)

  30. 30

    no way. go away.

  31. stop t says – reply to this


    Who cares! I'd bet it cost 2 million for his defense…

  32. wow says – reply to this


    That's my 5th grade teacher's nephew…

  33. Fishy says – reply to this


    He took there word for it that his taxes would be paid if he kept his mouth shut? Is he stupid or what. If this is true, and I kind of doubt it, he should have got something in writing!

  34. Snicke says – reply to this


    Surprised Richard is trying to get out of jail - I'd think he likes having all his nightly visits from the boy in the cell next door. He's such a scumbag whpse 15 minutes of fame were up a long time ago! Does anyone even watch "Survivor" anymore?????

  35. Judge says – reply to this


    Somebody beat me to it. You don't have a clue, do you P? He is still in the joint. That means he did not "successfully appeal" his case. It only means that the Supremes will consider if the evidence was there, or there was something else legally wrong with the case. He has not, repeat, has not, and just in case you don't understand, HE HAS NOT successfully appealed.

  36. ME TOO says – reply to this


    Didn't Stacey Kimball make similar allegations about cheating and interfering by the producers on "Survivor" that season?

  37. red says – reply to this


    I don't get it, HOW does one cheat at survivor??? What constitutes cheating in the jungle? Someone please tell me…

  38. Fuckst says – reply to this


    In Canada all lotto and contest winnings are tax free. Unfortunately they tax the shit out of us on everything else. Ever tried to buy a bottle of booze up here? You have to mortgage your house.