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