(LOS ANGELES) — Last September, Bristol Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood restaurant/bar by a man who called her mom, Sarah Palin, a “whore” and made a crude reference about her former relationship with the father of her child, Levi Johnston. That heckler is now suing Palin.
TMZ.com reports Stephen Hanks’ lawsuit notes that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her new Lifetime series, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. Hanks claims he’s been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.
Hanks also states that Palin falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska. He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.
Hanks is alleging defamation in his lawsuit and is seeking unspecified damages from Palin and Lifetime’s parent company, A&E.
Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp premieres on Lifetime June 19.
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