Entertainment briefs – September 24

Survivor winner Richard Hatch will stay behind bars for now. A federal judge Wednesday denied Hatch’s request to serve the remaining weeks of his sentence for tax evasion in home confinement.

Hatch returns to jail to finish sentence

BOSTON — Survivor winner Richard Hatch will stay behind bars for now.

A federal judge Wednesday denied Hatch’s request to serve the remaining weeks of his sentence for tax evasion in home confinement. The judge also said prison officials can discipline Hatch by taking away nine days of good time. That means he won’t get out until Oct. 16.

Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize on the debut season of the CBS reality show.

He had been serving the final portion of his 51-month sentence in home confinement at his sister’s house in Newport, R.I., when he was sent back to jail for giving unauthorized media interviews.


Travolta gives details of son’s death

NASSAU, Bahamas — John Travolta said Wednesday he tried desperately to save the life of his seizure-prone son and made perhaps his first public reference to the boy as autistic as he testified in the trial of two people accused of trying to blackmail him.

With his wife, Kelly Preston, looking on inside the Nassau courtroom, Travolta said that he performed CPR on his son after a nanny told him the teen had fallen ill at a family vacation home on Grand Bahama island.

Jett Travolta later died from a seizure.

“I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son,” Travolta said.

Travolta is the star witness at the trial of two people — paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian Senator Pleasant Bridgewater — who are accused of trying to extort $25 million from the movie star.

Both defendants pleaded innocent to extortion charges at the trial that began Monday in the island chain off the Florida coast.


Stern facing more charges

LOS ANGELES — More charges were filed Wednesday against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, with prosecutors claiming he helped obtain the drugs that killed the former Playboy model.

Howard K. Stern was charged with five more felony counts in an amended complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, bringing the total number of charges against him to 11.

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