EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hansen, who has been hit with myriad authorized points over the previous three years, mentioned he scrambled to get his geese in a row proper earlier than he was hit with one more situation: a bench warrant for failing to look at a latest courtroom listening to in Michigan.
The incident occurred after Hansen was accused of not offering footage of an investigation – a police sting involving a former corrections officer who was allegedly caught attempting to have intercourse with a 14-year-old woman and engaged in a really graphic dialog with the minor – earlier this month.
The ex-“To Catch a Predator” host instructed Fox Information that stories he was served with a subpoena – and subsequently failed to show over uncooked footage from a police sting – is “a lot ado about nothing” and “silliness.” Hansen claims the discover was taped to a door of his West Bloomfield, Mich., place regardless of his residence of file being in New York Metropolis.
“This wasn’t a type of First Modification battles the place we’re attempting to sandbag the protection counsel for a nasty man who obtained caught attempting to rape a toddler,” Hansen, 61, mentioned of the issued warrant, which got here after protection attorneys for the ex-corrections officer, Michael Lott, supposedly “grew impatient” with the pace that Hansen had not supplied the uncooked sting footage.
“This was us exposing a nasty man attempting to rape a toddler and getting caught up in a authorized misunderstanding – a civil, not prison authorized misunderstanding,” he added.
Hansen mentioned he was in New York and had solely discovered of the present trigger listening to – a courtroom order that requires a person to supply an evidence – the day earlier than he was ordered to look in Michigan. In line with Hansen, he pleaded with the Shiawassee County courtroom clerk, by way of his lawyer John Esposito, to permit a digital listening to with a purpose to clear up the confusion centered on his alleged failure to offer the videotapes.
For his voice within the matter, Hansen then retained native counsel in Michigan, lawyer Clint Perryman, to be his boots on the bottom. Perryman instructed Fox Information on Wednesday that Hansen “has at all times and wasn’t desiring to not comply” with the protection counsel’s request to obtain all the obtainable sting footage, urgent that the authorized matter “was a civil contempt situation” and “it wasn’t that Chris had achieved something prison.”
Though the warrant was in the end “vacated” and “rescinded,” per Esposito and Perryman, respectively, Hansen has had a string of previous authorized issues. In 2019, Hansen was charged with issuing dangerous checks and failing to pay some $13,000 to a vendor for advertising supplies.
Throughout the identical week, a report surfaced that he was additionally evicted from his New York Metropolis residence after the lease examine he despatched in was allegedly $400 in need of the quantity owed.
Hansen was additionally charged with harassment — communication in method to trigger alarm — in Hoboken, N.J., in February 2020. Courtroom paperwork obtained by Fox Information on the time confirmed the alleged offense date listed as Feb. 5 at 5:40 a.m and a “civilian” is listed because the complainant.
He turned himself in to authorities over the bounced checks, Stamford Police instructed Fox Information on the time, and he was launched with out bond and signed a PTA, or a promise to look in courtroom.
When pressed on the fees and reoccurring authorized issues, Hansen instructed Fox Information it was a matter of “company points and commitments the place different folks have been relied upon to make.”
“Once they weren’t made it was all cleared up in a matter of days,” he acknowledged to Fox Information of his reported failure to pay. “Once more, in the end, my identify is on the entity and the company, and it is on me to do it, which I did.”
“These weren’t, you understand, private dangerous conduct objects, these have been company issues the place different folks have been presupposed to deal with the issues and did not, and once I realized what had occurred, like I mentioned, it was resolved in a matter of days,” he mentioned.
Hansen, who has made a residing out of bringing “violent predators” to justice by way of his many “predator”-style sequence’ spin-offs and podcast, “Predators I’ve Caught,” additionally provided his opinion on the continued Josh Duggar little one pornography case, which he isn’t concerned in however accustomed to the authorized proceedings. Hansen mentioned it is “one thing I must look into.”
“I feel that that is one thing that is been happening for lots longer than folks have suspected,” he mentioned. “I feel there is a ton to it when it comes to who is aware of what inside the household, what was ignored, you understand, as a result of there was a tv present and cash to be made. And I feel there’s a complete lot there that we do not know.”
“The allegations right here, on this case, are vile, they’re volitive and completely disgusting prison [behavior],” he continued. “I imply, once you discuss bringing little one pornography into this and the a number of many photos which can be being mentioned right here when it comes to what investigators are discovering, each time a type of very disturbing photos is seen, it is the revictimization of a kid. That little one is being raped another time each time anyone clicks on that and [Duggar] is accountable allegedly, and in accordance with prosecutors and investigators, for a number of, a number of transmissions and sharing of these photos, it is one of many worst crimes on this planet.”
He added: “After which profiting off of it on prime of it – just like the man cannot simply be on TV and earn a living from his loopy household life – that is not sufficient? Now, you bought to go be a fully horrific violent predator on prime of it? It is probably the most disturbing circumstances I’ve ever heard about.”
Hansen got here to notoriety after internet hosting the “To Catch a Predator,” the NBC “Dateline” segment-turned-reality present wherein he uncovered predators who believed they have been interacting with underage youngsters and later tried to satisfy up with them.