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'Survivor' Champ Kimberly Spradlin ARRESTED AT DMV In Major Police Mix-Up

4/26/2013 5:00 PM PDT
Kimberly Spradlin -- the chick who won "Survivor: One World" in 2012 -- was arrested in Texas this month and spent 8 hours in jail ... FOR A CRIME SHE DIDN'T COMMIT ... TMZ has learned.

Spradlin -- who was recently married -- was at the DMV in San Antonio on April 16 to officially change her last name ... when a staffer saw a note in the system indicating there was a warrant out for Kim's arrest.

The warrant -- issued by authorities in nearby Hale County, TX -- noted that Kim was wanted for allegedly bouncing checks all over town.

Kim was taken into custody and hauled to a nearby jail -- where she was booked and held in a cold cell for 8 long hours. She eventually forked over $1,500 to bond out.

Problem is ... Kim is NOT the check-bouncer. Turns out, there's ANOTHER person named Kimberly with the same birthday ... and there was simply a mix-up in the system.

TMZ spoke with Kim (the famous Kim) ... who tells us she spoke with officials who are working to clear up the situation ... and she wants to be reimbursed for the $1,500 bond.

It's not like Kim needs the money ... she won $1,000,000 for winning "Survivor" ... and raked in an additional $100,000 for winning the Fan Favorite Award at the reunion special.

Still, Kim is laughing about the situation -- and gave us the following words of wisdom ... "Be careful at the DMV, ya never know what's going to happen."

She added, "Bring a jacket ... it's cold in jail."

'Survivor' Contestant I Broke My Foot in Ugly Carpet Accident

4/21/2012 3:30 AM PDT

She braved the wilderness ... but former "Survivor" contestant Semhar Tadesse was no match for the tacky carpet in her L.A. apartment ... snagging her heel and breaking her foot ... and now she's suing her landlord.

Making matters worse, sources tell TMZ the fall took place on the staircase back in August ... and we're told Semhar broke two bones in her foot.

Semhar filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming the injuries were so serious .... she couldn't work. Sources say her medical bills are already north of $20k.

Two months after the fall, Semhar was arrested for DUI -- she previously told TMZ, the only reason she bombed her field sobriety test was because of her injured foot, which prevented her from walking a straight line.

Semhar's suing for undisclosed damages. Calls to her old landlord weren't returned.

'Survivor' Contestant I Admit It, I DROVE DRUNK

1/10/2012 3:46 PM PST

"Survivor" cast-off Semhar Tadesse just admitted in open court ... she was three sheets to the wind when police arrested her for DUI last October -- and now, she's ready to face the music.

TMZ broke the story ... cops pulled over 25-year-old Semhar after she ran a red light -- then arrested her on suspicion of drunk driving ... after she bombed a field sobriety test.

Semhar pled guilty today to misdemeanor DUI -- and was sentenced to 3 years probation. In addition, Semhar was ordered to attend an alcohol education program, and pay a $1,827 fine.

Don't drink and drive, kids.

'Survivor' Contestant Charged with DUI

11/27/2011 12:30 AM PST

Semhar Tadesse -- the first person booted from this season of "Survivor" -- has been charged with DUI ... a month after she was popped in L.A. on suspicion of drunk driving.

TMZ broke the story ... Semhar was pulled over on October 27 after allegedly running a red light. Cops administered a field sobriety test and Semhar allegedly blew a .14 ... nearly twice the legal limit in California.

Semhar was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI last week -- one for driving under the influence, and one for driving with blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Her arraignment's scheduled for December 16.

'Survivor' Contestant No Immunity From DUI Arrest

10/30/2011 12:20 AM PDT

Semhar Tadesse -- the first person booted from this season of "Survivor" -- was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, 25-year-old Semhar ran a red light in L.A. and was pulled over. We're told officers caught a whiff of alcohol from the vehicle ... and decided to administer a field sobriety test.

According to law enforcement sources, Semhar blew a .14 -- nearly twice the legal limit in California -- and was arrested on the spot. She was released hours later on $5,000 bail.

Sources close to Semhar tell us, she was unable to walk in a straight line because of a foot injury -- but the reality star is still accepting responsibility and feels extremely disappointed in herself ... especially after losing a close friend to drunk driving in the past.

Jonny Fairplay's Ex I WON'T Reconcile for VH1 Reality Show

10/16/2011 4:00 AM PDT

Former "Survivor" villain Jonny Fairplay has once again been REJECTED by his ex-wife ... who SHOT DOWN an offer to reunite on a VH1 reality show ... because she still hates his guts.

TMZ has learned ... Fairplay and his ex Michelle Deighton -- a former "Top Model" contestant -- were both asked to appear on the upcoming VH1 show "Relationship Rehab."

The show would require both Johnny and Michele to attend couple's therapy together ... while living in the same house during production. Both were offered a lucrative 5-figure deal.

Johnny agreed immediately ... but Deighton, not so much ...

Not only did she TURN DOWN the offer, but she also told producers she still HATES Johnny so much, she wouldn't live under the same roof with the guy for A MILLION DOLLARS.

Deighton and Fairplay divorced earlier this year -- Michelle claimed the relationship was simply "unhealthy."

The "Rehab" search continues ...

'Top Model' Star: Why I Left Jonny Fairplay ...

7/1/2011 2:56 PM PDT
Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Michelle Deighton tells TMZ she decided to walk out on her husband Jonny Fairplay because she feels like she's married to a child.

Deighton -- who's been married to the "Survivor" villain since 2008 -- tells TMZ ... "I work 40 hours a week at a daycare to support us, yet he would still want me to come home and cook and clean for him."

"I left because I was tired of feeling like I had two children instead of a husband and a daughter."

She adds, "I just want out of this unhealthy relationship.  I have tried to work this out but he refuses to speak to me."

As TMZ first reported -- Fairplay served his wife with separation papers this week -- after she moved herself and her daughter out of the family home.

Jonny Fairplay -- DUMPED By 'Top Model' Wife

6/29/2011 4:00 AM PDT
Jonny Fairplay -- the most hated "Survivor" villain of all time -- tells TMZ his super-hot "America's Next Top Model" star wife has walked out on their marriage ... and she took their kid with her.

Fairplay -- real name Jon Dalton -- says Michelle Deighton called it quits a couple of weeks ago ... but she didn't give him a REAL reason for the split ... only that she just doesn't want to be with him anymore.

Jonny tells us, he already filed for legal separation in North Carolina -- and plans to fight for full custody of their daughter.

It's not the first time Jonny's been tossed aside ... back in 2007, Danny Bonaduce launched him into a painful faceplant during an awards show ... and Jonny ended up in the hospital.

'Celeb Apprentice' Contestant Ordered to Prison

3/14/2011 12:26 PM PDT
Richard Hatch -- the guy who won $1 million on Season 1 of "Survivor" -- has been ordered to surrender to U.S. marshals by NOON today to begin a 9-month prison sentence for not paying taxes on the prize money.

Hatch had filed a request to delay his surrender until he could get his business affairs in order ... but earlier today, the judge shot down the request ... which means Hatch better get his ass over to his nearest marshals station ASAP.

Hatch is currently a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" -- and though most of the season has already been taped ... the finale will be LIVE in a couple of months.

So, if by chance ... Hatch makes it all the way to the final 2 ... Trump better make sure he can broadcast from behind bars!

UPDATE: Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal David Remington tells us Hatch has officially surrendered to authorities.

'Survivor' Snitch Exposed -- The Email Evidence

2/19/2011 11:00 AM PST
"Survivor: Redemption Island" contestant Russell Hantz claims he NEVER leaked secrets about the reality series to a fan blog site -- but TMZ has obtained emails between Russell and the fan who posted the show spoilers.

TMZ spoke with Jim Early who admits publishing spoilers about "Survivor: Samoa," and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" -- which both featured Russell. Some of the leaks include how Russell found an immunity idol -- and revealing Russell made the final 3 ... before the episode aired.

The emails -- from September and October 2009 when "Survivor: Samoa" was airing -- were sent  between "The Game" (Jim) and "Hantztankering" (Russell). Hantztankering is the name of a water tank company Russell owns.

Jim says he initially met Russell through a "Survivor" fan site ... and after that "he just started telling me what happened on the show."

Jim claims he's coming forward with the emails because he's angry Russell has falsely accused innocent cast members of being the snitch.

Remember, Russell is on the current season of "Survivor" which premiered this week. Calls to Russell and "Survivor" reps were not returned.

"Survivor" Winner -- Outwit, Outlast, Outta Jail!

1/20/2011 10:25 AM PST
Leave it to a "Survivor" winner to get picked up from jail in a LIMOUSINE!

Moments after he got into the limo -- Birza and his buddies popped a few Tecates to celebrate his newfound freedom. 

'Survivor' Winner Jailed - Under the Influence

1/20/2011 12:30 AM PST
Judson Birza, the winner of "Survivor," season 21 in Nicaragua, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops noticed Birza at around noon riding a skateboard in the street -- which is illegal.  They stopped Birza, noticed he was acting strangely, and determined he was under the influence.

Santa Monica police arrested Birza and took him to the station, where he was booked (see mug shot above) and jailed.

Birza was also booked for a DUI related warrant as well as a probation violation.

He's currently being held on $37,000 bail.

'Big Bro' Alum Gets Court Victory ... All By Herself

12/13/2010 10:30 AM PST
"Big Brother 2" alum Krista Stegall just scored an extra year on her restraining order against ex "Survivor" contestant Kenward "Boo" Bernis -- but the best part ... she did it all without a lawyer.

According to the legal docs filed in Louisiana and obtained by TMZ -- Stegall successfully repped herself in court against Boo -- after she had accused him of beating her up in a bar last year.

Stegall even called Boo to the stand and grilled him on how he allegedly grabbed her arms and shoved her inside the women's bathroom at Bootlegger's bar in Lafayette, LA -- a bar Boo co-owns.

Bernis' lawyer tells TMZ, Boo "intends to comply with the Judge's order and have no further contact with Ms. Stegall moving forward." The protective order expires September 2011.