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"Survivor" contestant Russell Hantz arrested in Lafayette

Wonderwall, Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:50pm (PDT)

By Michelle Lanz

A contestant on the CBS show "Survivor" was arrested in a Lafayette, L.A. early Friday.

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Russell Hantz, 37, of Texas was takes into custody and charged with simple battery, according to the Lafayette Paris Correctional Center's booking reports.

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According to reporting by the Lafayette paper The Advertiser, local police were on patrol in the downtown area when they were flagged down about a disturbance between a man and a woman.

Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department, said witnesses alleged that Hantz had pushed an 18-year-old woman to the ground during a verbal argument

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Hantz was later arrested and released after cooperating with police. The woman was not seriously hurt.

Hantz was runner-up in the "Survivor: Samoa" series and is currently on the series "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" on CBS.

A spokesperson for CBS declined to comment on the incident.

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