Talent manager Stephen Hanks, who heckled Bristol Palin in an LA bar and insulted her conservative politician mother, Sarah Palin, filed a lawsuit today accusing the single mom of defamation.
Palin, who rose to fame because of a teen pregnancy when her mother was running for vice president in 2008, had just ridden a mechanical bull at the bar when Hanks, who was a customer there, shouted out that her mother was “a whore” and said she was “evil.”
Video of the exchange that was widely posted on the Internet shows Palin, 21, confronting Hanks, asking him if he was gay, and getting into a heated exchange with the man who heckled her.
Hanks says he suffered emotional distress and invasion of privacy over Palin’s questions about his sexuality, and the use of the incident in publicity for Palin’s upcoming reality TV show.
Photo credit: Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol Palin at a White House Correspondents’ Association dinner after-party in Washington, May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst