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Bristol Palin


in Bar Heckler Lawsuit

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

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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Lets not forget-- do you really think it was a coincidence that the cameras were rolling when this all went down? It was all for publicity ...and I doubt the money he has to 'pay' to Palin will actually come out of his pockets--- just one more expense on the books for her failed reality series.

696 days ago


please make this whole family go back to alaska i never care to hear about any of them again ever... levi is also in that group.. i would rather listen to my dog howl then hear or see anything about that boring as hell family.. there 15 min of fame is done and over can i get a hell yes on this,

696 days ago


So what. She's still a loser.

696 days ago

Jeff Becker    

Ha ha Gaybo! Thought you could say anything you want and when someone gives it back to you, you cry foul and sue. Guess what tinkerbell, YOU LOSE!

696 days ago


HA HA HA HA HA HA HA at that uppity liberal gay moron. Get your checkbook out now. I'm surprised TMZ actually reported this since Stephen Hanks is one of them.

696 days ago


bristol you have fallen and please don't get up, your minutes of fame is over so stay in alaska with your pistol packing mom. glad you won your law suit

696 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

You know what? He got GOT. He thought because he was David and she was Goliath he could spew whatever vile crap he wanted with impunity. And that's what every a**hole thinks when they go up against a celebrity. "You're bigger and richer than me, a lowly working-class peon, so I can say or do what I want and you have to keep your mouth shut and take it." Nuh uh. There's a fine line between defamation and free speech, and free speech applies to everyone, not those who think only their opinions are correct.

The beauty part was that on top of everything else, he had to pay her attorney's fees. Salt in the wound, PERFECT!

And all because she defends her mother who doesn't bow to everyone's idea of what society should be. Bet you'll keep your mouth shut now, boy. Ya got GOT. EAT IT!

696 days ago


JTW~ You are so RIGHT. But don't get too full of yourself. Yes, everyone in the bar knew there were cameras rolling and special lighting for the show's production crew. There were signs all over the place. But Mr. Hanks took it upon himself to try and get famous. And yes he is paying out of his own pocket as hh should for a frivilous . Its a free country and everyone has the right to be a douchbag BUT sometimes you have to pay for the priviledge.

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696 days ago

Studley Buck    

Sicko skinhead freak Stephen Hanks made a fool of himself & got smacked down by the judge. Bristol Palin rocks, baby!

696 days ago

Sheila Shigley    

Who can't tell the dude is gay? it's just obvious. I am sure the low life staff at TMZ can tell too.

696 days ago

Charles Darwin    

The guy has a great career as a flight attendant ahead of him. Drama queen.

696 days ago

Selebraties Suck    

Good One, TMZ.. Don't report on important things like Benghazigate, but go after a young mother!

We appreciate it,
The Democrat National Clowns

696 days ago


I wish this girl would go back to school and make something of herself. Her 15 minutes of fame are over.

696 days ago

Sugar Kitty    

hahaha, I watched the video and she completely put him in his place while staying calm, cool and collected. The dude however, looked like a absolute idiot, ranting and raving about SP being all evil and hateful, whatevs, but not even giving any specific logical reason why when Bristol confronted him. Now dude looks like an even bigger idiot by losing the frivolas law suit and having to pay her attorney bills. Luv it!

696 days ago


Bad things happen to people who hang out in bars... or so I've heard.

696 days ago
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