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Bristol Palin

Sued By Bar Heckler

6/13/2012 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He told Bristol Palin her mother was "evil" and a "whore" ... but now the man who verbally accosted Sarah Palin's daughter in a Hollywood bar last year is suing Bristol for defamation.

It's all over that infamous encounter at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip back in September ... when Stephen Hanks shouted at Bristol, "Your mother's a whore" (clip below -- skip to 1:40).



Hanks is pissed because he claims the incident was captured by a reality TV crew that was with Bristol. Hanks says he never signed a waiver ... and was furious when his image started appearing in ads for Bristol's new Lifetime show, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."

In his lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Hanks claims Bristol later gave an interview to a gossip mag and blamed him for causing her to leave Los Angeles and move back to Alaska.

Hanks claims he can PROVE Bristol was lying ... because she had already purchased a new home in Alaska two months before their encounter.

Hanks says Bristol's statements to the gossip mag hurt his reputation and damaged his career.

In the suit, Hanks also gripes that Bristol accused him of being gay during their encounter -- saying she could "tell" by the way he looked.

Hanks is suing Bristol and A&E -- the company behind Lifetime. He's asking for unspecified damages.

Calls to Bristol have not been returned.

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166.

Tonto Epstein    

From the looks of it, Telly Savalas is dying from cancer all over again.

760 days ago
167.

James420    

While he has a point about the waiver not being signed, it's a little odd that he's concerned about his image but has no problem referring to women in that manner. A little hypocritical if you ask me. And why that word? I could understand bigot or idiot, but what does wh*re have to do with her?

760 days ago
168.

Anthony    

Stephen Hanks works as a Talent Manager. And obviously he isn't that good at it. The location would have had signs and warnings that it was being filmed, and beyond a certain point, you automatically waiver your rights and will become part of the production. Come on! Aside from the political views, this guy is a moron for bitching about it.

760 days ago
169.

Sandela    

WHATever...give me a break. People will sue over anything and he was awful for what he said about her mother. Now she's the villain because she asked if he was homosexual and he said "yes"?! Even if he wasn't...who cares!!!!!!

760 days ago
170.

numbr1wmn    

Like them or hate them the Palins are human and they have been through a lot and I don't blame her for losing her cool. How many of us would protect our mothers. Shame on this idiot.

759 days ago
171.

Kitty    

Its A&E's fault for not getting a waiver, if they wanted to use the footage they should have done so.
I hate to say he's right - at least about using his likeness without his permission. That is a no-no!

758 days ago
172.

NDCLARK2012    

A HOMO SUING FOR BEING CALLED A HOMO!! THAT'S IRONIC!! LOL

758 days ago
173.

Alohababy    

This guy doesn't have a right to defame her mother either. Just because he is gay doesn't give him special privileges and not be accountable for what he says.

758 days ago
174.

denise    

Hanks you are gay, big whoop. I hope she countersues you, for you are nothing but a loud mouth bully.

757 days ago
175.

Glenn    

I must be confused... he's suing someone else for the things that he said which he thinks made him look like a prick? (I thought it was his wish to get noticed on some stupid show that made him act stupid, so... wish granted.)

757 days ago
176.

Debbie    

So the creep gets caught on tape shooting his filthy mouth off and
is NOW sooo embarrassed.
Time to man up, oh never mind, I forgot.
Hey loser, you put trash out there, be
prepared to become trash.
What a bum going after any girl like that, what matters it was a Palin.
What a whiner....what a boy, next time keep your mouth shut!!!!

755 days ago
177.

SteveW16    

He's an angry self-hater who needs to knock the chip off his shoulder and keep on sucking behind closed doors. Leave the rest of us alone.

755 days ago
178.

good as gold    

Four summers ago, I was at a bar while a tv production crew was filming a t.v. reality show. They had signs posted on the front door that clearly stated "Tonight on 8-5-2008, A tv production crew is filming inside our premises. By entering our premises you agree to be filmed, if you do not wish to be filmed, please do NOT enter. Thank you."

Now the question is simple. Was there such a sign posted? If there was I doubt Mr hanks has a case. If there was NOT a sign posted then he has a case even if he acted like a jerk BECAUSE you cant use someones image without their permission especially a show for profit. As for the defamation part goes, Bristol asked him if he was a homosexual and he agreed he was so where is the defamation?

755 days ago
179.

maggie    

This is the grounded role model mom that we are suppose to believe on her show? Find her in a bar? Role Mom? yeah--right!!

754 days ago
180.

melb    

liberal pig - I hope Obama taxes the hell out of him. His mouth is what got him in trouble. She should sue him for bullying her.

754 days ago
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