According to the latest blog by Andy Dehnart at TheDailyBeast.com, Survivor Villain Russell Hantz had given results of Survivor Seasons 19 and 20 to message board poster, Jim Early, for the purpose leaking spoilers to the internet.
Survivor fan Jim Early was sued late 2010 by Survivor Creator Mark Burnett's company DJB Inc. for "misappropriation of trade secrets" and "tortious interference with contract." The lawsuit was dropped in January 2011 when Early gave up the identity of his Survivor spoiler source... Russell Hantz.
Andy Dehnart reports:
• Mark Burnett Productions and CBS sued Early for successfully spoiling Seasons 19 and 20.
• Early began talking to Russell Hantz on the phone, who would tease information. Once Hantz saw the attention the information got on the Survivor Sucks message boards, Early said, “he just started coming out and telling me what happened: who was leaving, who won challenges."
• The Survivor cast members’ contract states that contestants may not reveal "the elimination of contestants and the selection of any winner." The penalty for doing so is "liquidated damages" of $5 million.
• Lawyers, according to Early, were less interested in him that where he had gotten the information. "I gave him an email from Russell spoiling something,” Early said. “They were very happy to get that email, and I have many, many more."
• An email message provided to The Daily Beast by Early that he says is from Hantz identifies the elimination order of two Survivor Samoa contestants, while another message says Hantz will call Early with accurate information about the show.
• Early told The Daily Beast that he gave up Hantz and is talking about him now "because of his attitude about the whole thing, and because Russell tried to implicate another player, an innocent player, who wasn't giving information."
The implicated player in question was Shannon Elkins of Survivor Nicaragua.
We here at RealityGeek are curious if Russell can play any of his "immunity idols" in court?
Credit: Andy Dehnart and Click here for more on this developing story... TheDailyBeast.com