Man files suit against TV network, Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin attends the Candie's Foundation 2011 event to prevent benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 3, 2011 in New York City. Andy Kropa/Getty Images

(AP) LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man is suing the Lifetime Network and Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, claiming he was taped heckling her for a planned reality show without his knowledge or consent.

Stephen Hanks filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking general and punitive damages, saying he's a victim of defamation and invasion of privacy after video aired of their confrontation at a West Hollywood bar in September.

Hanks says he wasn't told the film crew was shooting footage for the show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."

In an expletive-laden tirade, Hanks insults Bristol's mother and calls the 21-year-old "white trash from Wasilla."

Hanks says Palin called him a homosexual and defamed him in a magazine.

Lifetime declined comment on the case.

The show is set to air Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT.

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