Notorious Survivor reality show ‘bad guy’ Jonny Fairplay has been charged with larceny along with his mother for allegedly stealing valuables from his own grandmother.
Fairplay, born Jon Dalton, 46, and his mother, 68-year-old Patsy Hall, were served with a warrant by the police in Danville, Virginia, on Friday, charging each with grand larceny.
The pair were jailed after Fairplay’s aunt filed a criminal complaint, accusing Hall of mentally abusing her mother, Jean Hauser Cooke, 86, and exploiting her dementia, as TMZ first reported.
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Reality TV’ villain’ Jonny Fairplay, 46 (left), and his mother, Patsy Hall, 68 (right), have been charged with grand larceny targeting his grandmother
Fairplay has been accused of stealing furniture and a necklace from his grandmother, Jean Hauser Cooke, 86 (pictured), who he claimed had died in 2003 while he appeared on Survivor
Cooke’s daughter – Fairplay’s aunt – filed a complaint, accusing Hall of mentally abusing the elderly woman (pictured left in this undated photo with her grandson) and taking advantage of her dementia
Meanwhile, Fairplay has been accused of removing furniture from his grandmother’s house, including bar stools, a leather chair and an end table, as well as a silver necklace valued at $5,000.
Fairplay has denied any wrongdoing, telling TMZ in a statement: ‘I (we) have been unjustly charged by a family member. I welcome the opportunity to vindicate myself (and my mother).’
Cooke is the same grandmother who Fairplay infamously claimed had died in 2003 to gain advantage of sympathy from the other contestants on Survivor: Pearl Islands.
He later admitted that his grandmother was alive and ‘watching Jerry Springer’ at home. He finished the season in third place behind winner Sandra Diaz-Twine and runner-up Lillian Morris.
Fairplay made a name for himself by appear on Survivor: Pearl Islands in 2003 (pictured front row, second from the right)
Fairplay, pictured with mom Patsy, left, became one of the most hated contestants in the history of Survivor for lying about his grandmother’s death to garner sympathy
Fairplay now co-hosts the podcast Survivor NSFW along with Survivor: Caramoan castaway Matt Bischoff
The ruse involving his grandmother made Fairplay one of the most hated reality TV personalities of the decade.
This past September, he celebrated his grandmother’s birthday by posing up with her for a selfie and writing in the caption: ‘Happy 86th birthday “Dead Grandma”… STILL alive and kicking!’
Fairplay went on to appear on other shows, including Survivor: Micronesia, The Celebrity Newlywed Game, Celebrity Poker Showdown, Celebrity Fear Factor, Pawn Stars, and Camp Reality.
He legally changed his birth name to his stage name, Jonny Fairplay, in 2013 and became a professional wrestler.
In recent years, Fairplay settled in Danville, Virginia, with his second wife, Caryn Finkbeiner, and their two young daughters. He currently co-hosts the podcast Survivor NSFW along with Survivor: Caramoan castaway Matt Bischoff.