Bristol Palin sued again over Lifetime series for defamation
07/03/2012 by Kristina Lopez
Bristol Plain is being sued again by Stephen Hanks, the man who got into a verbal argument with Palin, which later aired on her Lifetime series "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp." Hanks initially brought a defamation lawsuit against the 21-year-old in early June claiming that he did not sign a release form agreeing to appear on television after arguing with Palin at a West Hollywood bar. Hanks reportedly filed a new lawsuit on June 28, according to Deadline.com, for defamation and invasion of privacy. He is seeking $75,000 against both Palin and Lifetime's parent company A&E Television Networks. He claims that he "has learned of additional defendants." The show's production company Associated Television International and the executive producer, David McKenzie, are also being sued. Hanks, who works as a talent manager, is seeking emotional distress damages, punitive damages and compensatory damages. During the argument, Palin called Hanks a "homosexual." Hanks called Palin's mother, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, "evil," "the devil" and several other expletives. The incident was later used in promotional commercials and clips for the show. Hanks claimed he did not realize he was being filmed until Plain left the bar without her camera crew. In the new suit Hanks claims, according to the Deadline report, that he has suffered "harm to his profession and occupation and expended money as a result of the statements." Palin is the mother to 3-year-old son Tripp, whose name inspired the title of the Lifetime series. The show has struggled in the ratings and was removed from its timeslot last week. It initially premiered on June 19 and has aired four episodes. The show will be moved to Tuesdays at 11 p.m. and re-runs of "Dance Moms" will air in the former block at 10 p.m. Palin's "Dancing With The Stars" co-star Kyle Massey and his brother Chris filed a lawsuit against producers, claiming that they came up with the show's premise and were slated to star opposite Palin. "Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp" showcases Palin's relationship with her boyfriend and family, including her mother, who also appears on the show. Bristol has appeared on reality television before - she competed on the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars" in 2010 (see photos). Also that year, The politician and her family starred in a TLC reality series called "Sarah Palin's Alaska."
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