Richard Hatch appeals his conviction because the judge wouldn’t allow evidence of cheating on the show

Richard Hatch is appealing his conviction for tax fraud, saying “the judge prevented him from raising allegations that there was cheating during filming of the debut season of the CBS reality TV show,” the AP reports.

Earlier, Hatch’s lawyer claimed that Rich caught fellow cast members cheating, and that as a result, producers agreed to pay the taxes on his winnings.

Specifically, the appeal says, “The excluded testimony eviscerated Hatch’s defense that he had reason to believe the taxes had been paid.” As the AP notes, Hatch and his lawyers want “to have all the convictions overturned.”

He was convicted last January and sentences to more than four years in jail.

‘Survivor’ winner says producers cheated, then agreed to pay his taxes [AP]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.