'Survivor' Castaway Sues Producer
We're already into the new season of "Survivor" but the juicy drama surrounding the debut season still lingers on. Former "Survivor" castaway Stacey Stillman has sued the executive producer of "Survivor," claiming he rigged the show so she'd get the boot before her time. In a 14-page lawsuit filed Monday against CBS Corp. and series creator Mark Burnett, Stillman, a San Francisco attorney, claims Burnett convinced two fellow contestants to vote her off to protect 72-year-old former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, who was among the four final contestants. Boesch was the only contestant over the age of 40, and Stillman argues that Burnett rigged the show in order to appeal to an older demographic. Burnett had no comment on the lawsuit, and CBS denied the allegations. "We heard about Stacey Stillman's allegations several months ago," CBS said in a statement. "They had no merit then. They have no merit now that she has packaged them into a frivolous and groundless lawsuit." Stillman, the third contestant kicked off the island, is claiming damages for alleged fraud, breach of contract and unlawful business practices. She's also asking for restitution for lost prize money, plus $75,000 for punitive damages. In addition, Stillman accuses contestants Dirk Been and Sean Kenniff of conspiracy. Kenniff said he didn't feel he was coerced. A spokesman for Been declined comment. And just in case you've been living under a rock, the contest was won by Rhode Island corporate trainer Richard Hatch, who claimed the $1 million prize.
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