Bristol Palin’s Bar Heckler Sues for Defamation of Character (VIDEO)
(The conflict begins @1:43. Warning: Harsh Language.)
Talent manager and infamous Bristol Palin heckler Stephen Hanks is now suing the second child of Sarah Palin.
The incident was caught on the Lifetime channel for Bristol’s upcoming reality TV show. Hanks began yelling obscenities at Palin at a rodeo styled bar, calling her mother a “whore,” “evil,” and that her mother should “die.”
Bristol was quick to approach Hanks and defend her mom. I admit, I’m not a fan of Bristol Palin nor her beliefs. Most of her blog posts make me shake my head, and wonder how someone could hold such viewpoints, but whatever, that’s besides the point.
Although it’s cool to have passionate beliefs, it clearly seems like Hanks has crossed the line here. Bristol quickly asks the man if he’s a homosexual, to which the man replies yes, and their fight continues to escalate. The man’s anger continues to rage, nothing is solved, obviously–they’re fighting in a bar.
Hanks says he suffered emotional distress and invasion of privacy over Palin’s questions about his sexuality.
“Bristol Palin’s conduct was outrageous,” states the lawsuit.
“Bristol Palin first accused Plaintiff off ‘being a homosexual’ in a degrading manner in front of others… She then in a magazine article blamed Plaintiff for her decision to leave Los Angeles for Alaska even though she had purchased her home in Alaska… more than two months before the encounter,” the lawsuit adds.
To me, it seems like Bristol was having a good time before a random stranger began degrading her mom. It’s too bad that these two had to exchange words in such a fashion, and it’s also too bad that I have to defend Bristol, but it was clear that his conduct was uncalled for. I mean, if someone said that about your mother, would you idly walk away? Albeit, there was no need for Bristol to bring up his sexuality. It seemed like she wanted to confirm why he was angry with her mother.
Gah, I never thought I’d defend Bristol Palin, but his jabs at her mom were just too much.
Hanks has tried to speak with Lifetime about the 2011 footage, but they are non-responsive. What do you think? Who was in the wrong? Should the footage not be aired even though we’ve already see it online? Should Hanks receive damages for the argument?