'Survivor' Producers Sue Contestant

Wednesday, February 21st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ``Survivor'' contestant who was voted off the island and claims producers rigged the show was sued for defamation and breach of contract.

The suit, filed on Tuesday in Superior Court here, seeks at least $5 million in damages along with court costs. It claims San Francisco lawyer Stacey E. Stillman — the third person kicked off the island — ``has engaged in a concerted pattern of breaching her agreements, including leaking, granting interviews and misrepresenting and disclosing confidential information'' about ``Survivor.''

The suit by the producers, Santa Monica-based Survivor Entertainment Group Inc., requests an injunction barring her from further disclosures.

A call to Stillman's office seeking comment was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

Stillman sued CBS Corp. for fraud earlier this month, claiming ``Survivor'' creator Mark Burnett persuaded two fellow contestants to vote her off the island.

CBS, which aired the show, denied the allegations.

Richard Hatch, a corporate trainer from Rhode Island, won the $1 million top prize.