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Bristol Palin

Victorious

in Bar Heckler Lawsuit

11/3/2012 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1103-bristol-palin-tmzA judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit filed by the man who famously heckled Bristol Palin on her reality show … and even ordered him to pay her attorneys fees … TMZ has learned.

As TMZ previously reported, Stephen Hanks filed a lawsuit against Palin and A&E (parent company of Lifetime) following his encounter with Palin in a Hollywood bar that aired as part of her show, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."

During the confrontation, Hanks called Bristol's mom Sarah "evil" and a "whore" and Bristol said the man was gay ... saying she could "tell" by the way he looked.



Hanks went after Bristol and A&E on several levels. First, he claimed he never signed a waiver to appear on the show. Second, he claimed the show invaded his privacy by airing Bristol's comments about Hanks being gay. And third, he claimed Bristol damaged his reputation when she later gave an interview saying that Hanks' hurtful comments are what caused her leave Los Angeles and move back to Alaska.

But a judge ruled in favor of Bristol and A&E on every count -- saying the show was protected by the First Amendment and that Hanks did not have his privacy violated because no unknown facts about him were disclosed (A&E had argued that Hanks is out as a gay man on his social media accounts).

The judge also ruled that Hanks has to cover Palin's attorney's fees.

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31.

smorbie    

It's good to see the judge had good sense.

635 days ago
32.

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635 days ago
33.

YOURNOTONMYLEVEL10    

goddammit what is with you Americans? Suing people every time you get in an argument, as far as i'm concerned your all ***s

635 days ago
34.

velveteen rabbit    

bristol is a complete twunt... but this guy is a total d-bag as well. Who acts like that? jebus. Have some class. Cursing out someone about their mom in a bar?

635 days ago
35.

teedofftaxpayer    

Judge must have been a ******ger.

635 days ago
36.

Kabala    

Both litigants are stupid.

635 days ago
37.

jeremy    

Bristol is HOT ... I wish that she would ride me like she rode that bull

635 days ago
38.

Kabala    

Her mother is an idiotic overgrown high school girl and everybody knows it.

635 days ago
39.

Areader    

Good for Bristol!

635 days ago
40.

CC    

Another whiney homo bites the dust. What a refreshing change.

635 days ago
41.

Shermerboingo    

Obviously this whore can ride a bull. Maybe... spend less time in bars and more time raising your child. The dude gave her a reality check.

635 days ago
42.

Passion Of The Taint    

Silly, angry Homo... ***** are for chicks!
He had no clue what his point was...
People can be so wierd.

635 days ago
43.

Nobrows    

I think that is great. It is about time some of these jerks are held to account for their actions. Just because she has a show, it doesn't give people carte blanche to do or say whatever they want to her.

635 days ago
44.

1    

With love across the ocean...

635 days ago
45.

Sharon    

This guy is an absolute idiot. I don't like Bristol, or her mother, but there was absolutely NO CALL for him to not only do what he did in the bar, but he by no means had a right to file a lawsuit. Kudos to the judge that handed down this ruling. And HANKS...shame on you!@

635 days ago
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