- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A judge in Rhode Island has denied reality TV star Richard Hatch’s bail request pending an appeal of a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the hit show “Survivor.”

Hatch, who is being held in Brooklyn, N.Y., spent over three years in prison for tax evasion. Released in 2009, he was ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. A judge in March ruled he never did and returned him to prison.

Hatch’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She has said there are questions about whether Hatch violated the release terms. Prosecutors said those questions aren’t substantial enough to warrant bail.

The bail denial was filed Thursday in federal court in Providence.

(This version CORRECTS gender reference to Hatch’s lawyer to “she.”)

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