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VIDEO: Survivor Winner Richard Hatch Re-Arrested; Sister Speaks Out

Aug. 19 2009, Published 11:38 a.m. ET

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Survivor winner Richard Hatch was re-arrested Tuesday by authorities only hours after he appeared on NBC’s Today Show.

Hatch was taken into custody at his sister's home in Newport, Rhode Island where he is under house arrest for tax evasion.

Roy Lyons, Public Information Officer of the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office in Bourne, Mass., told on Wednesday that Hatch was taken back into custody because he violated terms of his house arrest by doing the interview.

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But Wednesday on Today, Hatch's sister Kristin said that Hatch had received permission to do the interview, and Matt Lauer raised the question if possibly Hatch was re-arrested not for doing the interview, but for what he said during it.

In the interview,  Hatch told Lauer that he believes he was sent to prison because of his sexual preference.

Hatch had been serving a four year sentence for neglecting to pay the taxes on his $1 million Survivor winnings back in 2006. He feels as though he was discriminated against.

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"I know, without question, that there are personal issues involved for the prosecutor," Hatch said during the interview.



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