Russell Hantz says it’s “100% false” that he leaked Survivor spoilers

Russell Hantz has again denied being the person who leaked Survivor Samoa and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains spoilers to Jim Early, aka missyae, saying my report is “100% false” despite evidence to the contrary. That evidence includes e-mail messages he sent to Early.

Earlier, Russell posted a denial on Facebook, but later deleted it or made it inaccessible to the public.

In an interview with USA TODAY yesterday, Russell said, “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to comment on this or not, but it is 100% false.” He suggested he’s been unfairly scapegoated because of his behavior on the show: “I am the villain, and its unfair that people perceive me that way, and they throw out things that’s not fair to me or my family, and I guess I got to deal with it.”

Update: Here’s video of Russell saying basically the same thing on CBS’ Early Show.

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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.