Bristol Palin Defamation Suit Thrown Out; Heckler Stiff-Armed By Judge

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A judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Bristol Palin brought by the man seen heckling her in West Hollywood last year - an incident which later aired on Life's a Tripp.

Stephen Hanks sued the reality star in June for defamation, invasion of right to privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and misappropriation of right of publicity.

The court wasn't buying it. Palin's lawyer, John Tiemessen, says the suit was dismissed.

Hanks famously ran into Bristol Palin at a West Hollywood bar and ripped her mother, Sarah Palin, and baby daddy, Levi Johnston. She then asked if he was gay.

Parts of the exchange were caught on camera, and Hanks objected to clips of it that were used in promos for Life's a Tripp, which briefly aired on Lifetime.

A judge has ordered Hanks to cover Palin's legal fees.

The court victory is welcome news for the single mom, whose reality show was axed after less than a season, and who was voted off Dancing With the Stars ... and who had to find out Levi Johnston and Sunny Oglesby married last weekend through the media like everyone else.


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Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with -- this isn't ideal. But I'm fortunate to have a supportive family, which is dealing with this together.

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Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can't imagine life without him now.

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