Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has won a lawsuit filed against her by a California man who claims he was featured in Palin’s reality TV show without his express written permission.
Palin’s reality show “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” revolves around the 22-year-old politician’s daughter following her recent move to Los Angeles with her three-year-old son, Tripp. Palin shares custody of Tripp with her ex-fiancé Levi Johnston.
“Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” debuted on A&E in June.
The lawsuit against Palin was filed by Stephen Hanks, who appeared in an episode of the series after an altercation with Palin at a Hollywood bar. During the altercation, Hanks repeatedly yelled obscenities at Palin about her and her mother.
Hanks filed the lawsuit because he claims he never signed a waiver to appear on the show. He also argued that the episode damaged his reputation by publicly outing him as a gay man.
At one point, Hanks referred to Bristol’s mother as “a whore” and “the f*cking devil”
The altercation as depicted in the episode of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” occurred as Palin was heckled while rode a mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch in Los Angeles.
Hanks yelled out at Palin, “Do you ride [ex-fiancé] Levi [Johnson] that way?” and “Your mother’s a whore.”
Later, after Palin had finished her ride on the mechanical bull, she confronted Hanks.
“You're mother's the f**king devil, dude,” Hanks told Palin. “If there is a hell, which I don't believe there is, she will be there.”
Palin then accused Hanks of being gay, which he confirmed, before Palin left the club in tears.
According to TMZ, a judge in the lawsuit ruled in Palin’s favor, stating that her reality show was protected under the first amendment. The judge also stated that Hanks was not outed by the show because his social media accounts openly list him as homosexual.
Watch the scene from “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” featuring the altercation between her and Hanks below.