CAPE COD, Mass. (AP/WPRI) - Local 'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch says he has been the
victim of a "witch hunt" by federal prosecutors, but the sheriff
who oversaw him says he is lying.
Hatch told to NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that sheriff's
deputies took him away in his boxer shorts in August, after he
granted unauthorized media interviews while serving the remainder
of his federal tax evasion sentence on home confinement at his
sister's Newport home.
Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings says Hatch refused to
get dressed. Hatch, who lives in Rhode Island, was known for
walking around naked on the CBS reality show.
Hatch described his recent sentence as "the worst time of my
life in prison." He also complained of serving solitary confinement
in a filthy cell.
Cummings says Hatch was not in solitary confinement, and that
Hatch himself inspected the cell to make sure it was clean before
he stayed in it.
Cummings calls Hatch "a stranger to the truth."
In 2006, Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on the $1
million prize he won on the CBS reality show in 2000.
He is now free and looking for a job.