Bristol Palin, the daughter of Republican ex-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and a recent "Dancing With the Stars" finalist, had her lawyer issue a statement on Friday after the single mom's speaking engagement at Washington University was cancelled.
The 20-year-old former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was scheduled to talk about abstinence at the University's Sexual Responsibility Week but there was a student uproar over her invitation and speaking fee, which is estimated to be as high as $20,000.
"Bristol was invited to speak with college students as part of a panel," read her lawyer's statement, which was sent to Radar Online. "Bristol is deeply disappointed that an institution that publicly claims to "listen to diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives, to contribute rigorous academic standards and unbiased scholarship to discussions, and to encourage a civil discourse in which a pluralistic society can respectfully address complex and difficult issues" would withdraw an invitation to a speaker because of "uproar" over their assumed content of her message or even worse, because of her last name."
Last November, Bristol Palin bought a $172,000 five-bedroom home in Arizona by herself and paid in cash.
She has been a tabloid favorite ever since her mother's 2008 vice presidential campaign. At the time, Bristol Palin was pregnant with her son Tripp out of wedlock. She has since become a teenage pregnancy prevention advocate and has appeared in PSAs for the cause as well as on the ABC Family show "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," which deals with the issue.
Bristol confirmed last week that she has a new boyfriend, just months after breaking up with Levi Johnston, the father of her 2-year-old son.