Richard Hatch has been released from prison after serving nine months behind bars for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" prize and is already trying to develop a new reality show.
The 50-year-old was freed on Monday, December 12. He told the Associated Press, which carried the report, that he was "wrongfully imprisoned."
Hatch told the news wire after his release that he hopes to create a series about his relationship with children he conceived from his sperm donations and that a production company was involved in the project. He did not name the firm. He said he has already met two of the children through the Donor Sibling Registry, which helps connect donors and their children.
Hatch, who is gay, also has an adopted son named Christopher, who is a university student. Hatch told E! News after he was released from jail that he was a sperm donor when he was in college and has "quite a few children." One of the ones he met is a 22-year-old Maine woman named Emily, who visited him in prison. The other is a 22-year-old New Jersey man named Devin.
A person named Devin O'Neil wrote on the Donor Sibling Registry's website in September 2010 about how he learned that Hatch was his biological father.
"I had remembered a physical description that my mom had given me of my donor when I was 12," O'Neil said. "Not so long story short I met the guy after an email I sent and got a dna test. Turns out he was a match. The guy turned out to be Richard Hatch from that 'Survivor' show on CBS."Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he received for winning the first season of "Survivor," which aired in 2000 and famously saw him stripping naked in front of the other contestants. He spent three years in jail. In 2009, he was ordered to refile his taxes from the 2000-2001 year.
A judge ruled he failed to do so and he was sent back to prison in March, months after filming his part on Donald Trump's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice." Hatch says he is innocent and that the show's network, CBS, and production company should pay his bill. CBS has not commented on his case.
As part of the terms of his release, Hatch must pay 25 percent of his gross income to the IRS to pay off his 2000-2001 tax bill, remains on supervised release for the next two years and two months and cannot leave the country without court permission. He told the Associated Press that this means he is unable to visit his life partner, who married him eight years ago and who lives in Argentina.