August 31, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles man has filed a lawsuit against the Lifetime Network and Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, claiming he was taped for a planned reality show without his knowledge or consent.
Stephen Hanks filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking general and punitive damages, saying he's a victim of defamation and invasion of privacy after video aired of their confrontation at a West Hollywood bar in September.
Hanks says he wasn't told the film crew was shooting footage for the show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."
In an expletive-laden tirade, Hanks insults Bristol's mother and calls the 21-year-old "white trash from Wasilla."
Hanks says Palin called him a homosexual and she told a magazine it was his fault she quit the show.
Lifetime did not immediately provide a response.
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