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OTRC: Bristol Palin sued for defamation over bar spat, reality series

Bristol Palin and son Tripp appear in a promotional photo for her new Lifetime reality show 'Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp,' which premieres on June 19, 2012 at 10 p.m. (A and E Television Networks, LLC. / Richard Knapp)

Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old outspoken daughter of Conservative leader and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is being sued for defamation by a man who got in a spat with her at a bar.

Stephen Hanks, the man who told Palin, "Your mother's a whore," while she was filming her new Lifetime reality show, "Life's A Tripp" at a West Hollywood bar, has filed a lawsuit claiming he did not sign a release form agreeing to appear on television.

The spat, which led to Bristol making a slew of homophobic remarks, went viral at the time, when an eyewitness video was posted to the internet. Hanks was not prepared to see the incident in a promo for Palin's reality series.

In his suit, Hanks states that he was not asked to sign a release by the camera crew and according to the Hollywood Reporter, he is suing for "unspecified damages, alleging defamation, invasion of right to privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and misappropriation of right of publicity."

Hank's lawyer stated that his client was unaware that he was being filmed until the reality star left with her film crew. Palin has not yet commented on the suit.

Bristol, who is one of the most famous single mothers in America, commented on the bar scene while promoting "Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp," which is named after her 3-year-old son.

"I think if someone's going to talk poorly about my mom, I'm going to pick and choose my battles and a battle like that I chose to confront him and see what the real problem was," Bristol told "Good Morning America" earlier in the month. "I'm excited for viewers to see the real me in that 'cause I'm sitting there all tough, I'm shaking and I'm acting tough and then instantly, when it's over, it's like, 'OK, there's the real Bristol" 'cause I'm calling my boyfriend, I'm calling my mom - 'Aaah, get me outta here.'"

"Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp" showcases Palin's relationship with her boyfriend and family, including her mother, who also appears on the show.

Bristol was 18 when she gave birth to Tripp out of wedlock, which stirred controversy during her mother's 2008 vice presidential campaign. Bristol continuously faces criticism over her past, her mother's political stances as well as her own statements, including a recent scathing blog post slamming President Barack Obama for his expression of support for gay marriage.

Bristol has appeared on reality television before - she competed on the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars" in 2010 (see photos). Also that year, The politician and her family starred in a TLC reality series called "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

After she gave birth, Bristol Palin became a teenage pregnancy prevention advocate. She has made personal and on-air appearances on behalf of the Candie's Foundation, whose mission statement is "to educate America's youth about the devastating consequences of teen pregnancy through celebrity PSA campaigns and initiatives." The company paid her $262,500 in 2009 for her services.

"Life's A Tripp" premieres on the Lifetime cable network on June 19.

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