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Donald Trump is a “good guy,” says ‘Survivor’s’ Richard Hatch

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Richard Hatch will always have a place in television history as the first winner of ‘Survivor.’

The fact that he traipsed around the island naked at times was besides the point I suppose as was the fact that he is gay. He was just damned clever in winning that $1 million first prize.

But the good times came at a price as tax-related troubles have led to him spending several years in prison and they don’t appear to be over yet.

But that isn’t stopping Hatch from participating in NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ with Donald “I’m not in favor of gay marriage” Trump. He spoke with Brandon Voss for ‘The Advocate’ and here are some excerpts from the interview:

On Donald Trump’s gay-friendliness:
Hatch: I had a great sense of that from before, encountering him a number of times in a number of situations. He even invited me to sit on the dais for his roast at the Friars’ Club, which I did. He’s a good guy. He loves women, so I don’t think he could relate to my being gay if his life depended on it, but I don’t think he cares.

On the homophobia during his trial:
Hatch: It’s incontrovertible. This court refused to allow us to ask potential or selected jurors about their feelings toward homosexuals, even when many of them had submitted questionnaires that claimed “I could never find that fag innocent,” “I hate queers,” or “not a chance I could serve on this jury” — really unbelievable, blatant, clearly spoken homophobia that I didn’t even know existed. But I don’t blame the jurors; I blame the court and the bias of that particular judge from the outset.

On going to prison as a famous gay man:
Hatch: I was never afraid of being raped or of anything physical because I’m a healthy, strong guy, and I’ve always held my own. I also know that people are people, wherever they are, so I truly didn’t have the sense that they were going to be animals in prison. But it’s fascinating to me how sex is such a part of that all-male environment. In the Federal Correctional Institution, where I spend three years, there were 1,500 guys, one of whom was an in-process transsexual who was in there for prostitution. Her breasts had already grown in, so she ended up being removed from the prison after being raped. There’s also a lot more education than I imagined — access to information about how disease is transmitted, what to do if you feel threatened, etc. — but there was quite a bit of sex in there.

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