Bristol Palin Sued by Heckler over Gay Question

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Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is being sued by a man who heckled her during filming of her new reality-TV show.

Palin was taping a scene for her upcoming reality show, "Life's a Tripp," which chronicles her 3-year-old son Tripp's return to Alaska from Los Angeles, when a customer, Stephen Hanks, shouted an obscenity about her mother, and called her "evil."

A heated argument followed and Bristol asked Hanks if he was upset because he was gay.

Hanks claims in his lawsuit that he suffered emotional distress and invasion of privacy over Bristol's questions about his sexuality and that he had not given the program's makers his permission to be filmed.

The amount of damages is not specified but Hank's lawyer, Los Angeles-based Michael Gulden, told Reuters the suit had been filed in federal court because the plaintiff was seeking more than $75,000.

Palin stood her ground during an interview with ABC News.

"If somebody is going to talk poorly about my mom, I am going to pick and choose my battles. And a battle like that, I choose to confront him and see what the real problem was and I'm excited for viewers to see the real me."

Palin's show is scheduled to premiere on Lifetime, June 19.

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