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Heckler apologizes to Bristol Palin (After Lawyering Up)
CNN Entertainment ^ | September 28, 2011 | Ed Payne

Posted on 09/28/2011 12:12:38 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

A heckler who got into a heated exchange with Bristol Palin at a Southern California bar and restaurant last week has apologized for the incident.

Palin had just finished riding a mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch & Chop House when Stephen Hanks shouted, "Do you ride Levi like that? Your mother's a whore."

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"Having had an opportunity to view the camera footage of the incident this past Thursday ... , I have come to the conclusion that no matter what my feelings are towards Sarah Palin, I should not have expressed them towards her daughter, Bristol Palin," Hanks said in a statement released by his attorney Tuesday.

"I am very passionate about politics, and believe in equality for all Americans," Hanks continued. "I expressed my feelings in an improper manner in the heat of the moment, and allowed my emotions to get the better of me."

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A statement from Hanks' attorney, Michael Gulden, denied any connection to the TV show.

"Mr. Hanks would like to clarify that, to his knowledge, this incident was not 'set up' for Bristol Palin's forthcoming reality show, as has been suggested in various media reports," Gulden said." In fact Mr. Hanks was not even aware that cameras were filming the exchange."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: bristolpalin; michaelgulden; palin; pds; sarahpalin; stephenhanks
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To: Gargantua

Vanderbilt Professor Hanks is actually a different guy than the bully, who just shares the same name.


51 posted on 09/28/2011 12:44:43 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
You're right.

DISREGARD POST #38. POSTED IN ERROR.

;-\

52 posted on 09/28/2011 12:47:29 PM PDT by Gargantua (Mess with the 'Cuda, you get the teeth...LMAO!!!!!!)
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To: kcvl

Amazing that a man who works representing actors in Hollywood would claim not to have known the cameras were filming in the bar. Yeah, sure. He just wanted to act out his rage and didn’t think the video would go viral. Now he’s all scared and paranoid about consequences since he’s been caught. Typical bully. I’m not sure his actions would be considered legal assault but it’s a fine line. There can be actions taken for harassment.


53 posted on 09/28/2011 12:50:32 PM PDT by Irishgirl
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To: gaijin
Are we taking guesses where the @$$hole's hand is?


54 posted on 09/28/2011 12:50:44 PM PDT by drpix
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Matt Dillon would simply have shot him.


55 posted on 09/28/2011 12:51:39 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Gee do you suppose someone pointed out to him what an @$$ he looked like attacking a young female the way he did.This has nothing to with “equality” and everything to do with being a bulling jerk.


56 posted on 09/28/2011 12:52:18 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: gaijin

What the hell hit this guy’s face, a gamma ray burst?


57 posted on 09/28/2011 12:52:44 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: gaijin
IMO, he lawyered up after this photo hit the internet.

The question is, what is the relationship, if any, between Levi and this jerk?

58 posted on 09/28/2011 12:59:54 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Gargantua

I guess career student Steven was just trolling the college bar looking for fresh chicken.


59 posted on 09/28/2011 12:59:58 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Does this moron know that in the 2008 campaign, Palin’s view on gay marriage was the same as Obama and Biden? Of course not!


60 posted on 09/28/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: The Toll
Equality is the religion of the feeble minded.

LOL! Exactly! I've been reading Burke and Toqueville lately and they would agree!

61 posted on 09/28/2011 1:01:10 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Doc Savage

“What the hell hit this guy’s face, a gamma ray burst?”

Now that’s funny. Thanks making me lol. ;)


62 posted on 09/28/2011 1:02:05 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Chainmail

Let him keep making a fool of himself. He’s only *helping * Palin more.


63 posted on 09/28/2011 1:02:05 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: gaijin

This gay bald headed stooge...look how many bracelets he has on


64 posted on 09/28/2011 1:02:38 PM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: docbnj

Rintense at Bristol’s age would have beat the crap out of him. Good for Bristol.


65 posted on 09/28/2011 1:04:17 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: Gargantua

GOOD WORK..!!! ^_^


66 posted on 09/28/2011 1:05:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"I am very passionate about politics, and believe in equality for all Americans," Hanks continued. "I expressed my feelings in an improper manner in the heat of the moment, and allowed my emotions to get the better of me."

, As he read the words written on his hand by his attorney

67 posted on 09/28/2011 1:12:44 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Silly FReepers, the attorney wasn’t hired to sue. He was hired to negotiate the contracts from the media offering him money for interviews.


68 posted on 09/28/2011 1:18:38 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
In fact Mr. Hanks was not even aware that cameras were filming the exchange."

Is that his way of saying he thought without cameras he could 'get away with' being a friggin liar?

He would have lied about using the term 'whore' if he knew he couldn't be 'proven' wrong? Typical of 'his kind'... (liberal elite)

The governor of North Carolina and fellow dem liars are tying to do the same with her 'suspend elections' Hitler wannabee act... too bad for them a video has appeared. The bitch was not joking. She was ready to suspend election and the Constitution ... for a jobs program? Yep, evil. That's the term.

69 posted on 09/28/2011 1:31:27 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set-up Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

He probably got a lawyer because he’s afraid of getting threats. We have FReepes in this thread posting his bio, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.


70 posted on 09/28/2011 1:35:20 PM PDT by Carling (Mitt Romney Signed a Bill that Mandated Taxpayer-funded Abortions)
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To: ontap
I'm guessing he hired an attorney and is apologizing because of threats he may have received or fears he may receive. We have people in this very thread posting his personal information on a public message board. One obvious thing is that Sarah Palin has a group of supporters who think of her as more than just a private citizen/politician. I've read numerous posts on FR where it is said that it is God's calling for Sarah Palin to run for president.

While I think the guy is the ultimate jerk, that doesn't mean he can't seek to get himself some legal protection as well. I'd be very careful about sending this guy any sort of message, because I'm sure he's looking for a reason to turn this around against the Palins because of a few kooks who may be contacting him in retaliation. He already pulled his Twitter account, but I'm sure his attorney has it archived.

71 posted on 09/28/2011 1:40:10 PM PDT by Carling (Mitt Romney Signed a Bill that Mandated Taxpayer-funded Abortions)
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To: fantom

It’s assault to heckle somebody?

CA is a lost cause.


72 posted on 09/28/2011 1:45:06 PM PDT by Carling (Mitt Romney Signed a Bill that Mandated Taxpayer-funded Abortions)
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To: Gargantua

West Hollywood is the “gay capitol” of Southern California, just saying.


73 posted on 09/28/2011 1:48:43 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: buwaya

I think he’s some sort of talent consultant - whatever that is.


74 posted on 09/28/2011 1:53:06 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Carling

If he were receiving threats he would have called the police.My guess is he thought about the way this thing was playing out got scared he could be sued so sought out an atty. and was told pretty close to what I posted to you.


75 posted on 09/28/2011 1:54:11 PM PDT by ontap
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To: kcvl
This guy apologized because this incident makes him look really bad. This lawyer he has is probably some type of PR type lawyer advising him how bad it looks and could impact his business. Even if Hollywood is liberal, there are some good Conservatives and this is just something you do not want to be associated with.

Also, those out there saying this guy could get sued are wrong. You can't sue someone for calling you names unless you are in Europe or France. Some guy flipped me off this morning. Don't know why, but should I sue him?

76 posted on 09/28/2011 1:57:48 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: ontap

Nah. I think he lawyered up for a civil suit against people threatening him. As a public figure and TV star, if Bristol Palin sued him over that, it would only create negative publicity and further make the Palins appear to be thin-skinned.

Guy seems like a chickens**t, and that’s what a chickens**t would do.


77 posted on 09/28/2011 2:00:21 PM PDT by Carling (Mitt Romney Signed a Bill that Mandated Taxpayer-funded Abortions)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Given his attitude displayed in an interview the day after his boorish outburst(where he cast himself as the victim because of the way Bristol said homosexual)the apology is lawyer inspired and reflects no true guilt feelings on his part. He would have been better off admitting that he was slightly intoxicated and a loudmouth.
78 posted on 09/28/2011 2:05:52 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Carling
From the sound of the letter it seems that he is afraid of losing his JOB. He wanted to let everyone know that he was only stating his own views, NOT those o his CLIENTS or the PLACE THAT HE WORKS>

By the way, Where does he work? Some of the firms clients may want to know the intelligence and character of the people they hire to MANAGE their careers.

79 posted on 09/28/2011 2:06:27 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: buwaya
Yeah, I think the addy is correct. Here is a link that suggests he is just another Hollyweird entertainment sort. It's a blog or something called “The Other McCain” not trying to drive traffic there, just don't want to break the rules regarding quoting from other publications. Appears the guy has quite the history regarding Sarah Palin:

http://theothermccain.com/2011/09/23/omg-hollywood-liberal-to-bristol-palin-your-mothers-a-whore-shes-the-devil/

80 posted on 09/28/2011 2:07:12 PM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"I am very passionate about politics, and believe in equality for all Americans," Hanks continued.

Well then, all is forgiven! (sarcasm).

Amazing how fast some people "grow up" when they are suddenly facing criminal & civil liability.

81 posted on 09/28/2011 2:08:01 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Good point, but a PR rep would be better, IMO, and he is in Hollywood.

Probably a little bit of both, IMO. What I think is at all possible is that he was afraid of getting sued by Bristol Palin. I don’t think it would even be possible, and it would really just be a waste of time and a distraction for Ms. Palin. Very little, if any, positives, and perhaps some negatives.


82 posted on 09/28/2011 2:10:13 PM PDT by Carling (Mitt Romney Signed a Bill that Mandated Taxpayer-funded Abortions)
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To: SueRae
We had a sign up in the bar I used to frequent..”Don’t let your MOUTH get your a$$ in Trouble!”

"Don't let your mouth write checks your ass is gonna have to cover"

83 posted on 09/28/2011 2:10:35 PM PDT by woofer
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To: Gargantua

Posting personal information on the open forum is a violation of forum rules. Please refrain from doing so again. Thank you.


84 posted on 09/28/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Carling

Maybe it is that or maybe Bristol and the Massey brothers, that she is living for the show...want out of it? They think they were set up.

“Bristol Palin’s run-in with a heckler was set up by the producer’s of her reality show — at least that’s what her co-star Kyle Massey thinks ... this according to sources close to Massey.”

Massey is now not happy with the show now and thinks it is sleazy...
http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/25/kyle-massey-bristol-palin-heckler-saddle-ranch-video-whore-mother-sarah-palin-sunset-strip-reality-tv-show-mechanical-bull/#.ToOMX-ywVBE


85 posted on 09/28/2011 2:19:02 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Stephen Hanks now realizes that (a) he looked like a big jerk on the film of him arguing with Bristol Palin and, (b) the rest of the country doesn't necessarily share his hateful opinion of conservatives, specifically, Sarah Palin. The negative publicity and possibility of legal hassles has, no doubt, made Hanks reassess what he did in a bar with a few drinks in him. This kind of stuff happens a lot in bars. However, it's usually not about a politician and few of the participants are recorded on camera or have famous last names. Stephen Hanks won't be sued but he will find out what harassment feels like. Hopefully, not from FReepers and certainly not from this one. Stephen Hanks has been shown to the nation for the fool he is and that is good enough for me.
86 posted on 09/28/2011 2:28:00 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"I am very passionate about politics, and believe in equality for all Americans,"

No. You believe some pigs are more equal than others.
87 posted on 09/28/2011 3:03:57 PM PDT by PA Engineer (SP/XX12: Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Another self-hating homosexual.


88 posted on 09/28/2011 3:06:25 PM PDT by Redcat
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To: Mr. Mojo

How about dad?


89 posted on 09/28/2011 3:10:34 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah Palin is one of us.thats why the pompass asses hate her!!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Or to Sarah’s legitimate husband.


90 posted on 09/28/2011 3:30:08 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: lewislynn
. . .as well as Debra Winger did in Urban Cowboy.

Ahh, yes. Ponders the thought . . .
91 posted on 09/28/2011 3:39:02 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: docbnj

If hee were passionate about equality he would not have made a blatantly racist, sexist accusation in public against a person who he did not know and had no reason to disparage. Clearly he does not have a passionate concern for equality. What he has is a passion for racist, sexist abuse.


92 posted on 09/28/2011 4:22:12 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Chrissy Matthews got a tingle from Obama. Palin’s lawyers just sent a collective shiver down the spines of PDSbot’s who have put their words into print and in front of TV cameras.

Just look at all the lefty venues who had Joe alll set up for interviews, and have now canceled and dropped them like red hot potatoes. Exposing their deep pockets was not good for ones financial health. When it came to $, even Keith Olberman suddenly developed standards and canceled.

So whether she goes forward from here, and win or lose, by laying down the mark Palin has already won in some respects.

93 posted on 09/28/2011 4:33:33 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

See, I told you people would be more careful of how they defame lady Sarah from now on. I am so glad that God gave her the perfect opportunity to sue somebody big. It may be the best thing she has done for herself.


94 posted on 09/28/2011 5:33:10 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: Sidebar Moderator
Just me, or everyone? I note you have chosen to leave post #49 up... my post had erroneous info, for which I posted a retraction. On the other hand, post #49 is quite accurate.

In the interest of a fair application of this rule, you might want to take a look at that.

Just sayin'.

;^D

95 posted on 09/28/2011 6:27:26 PM PDT by Gargantua (Sidebar Moderator's Tutor)
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To: Gargantua

Fair enough. I went ahead and yanked 49. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


96 posted on 09/28/2011 6:39:19 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Didn't take him long to lawyer up and apologize after the Palins lowered the boom on McGinniss and Random House.

Good point.

97 posted on 09/28/2011 6:39:31 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set-up Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Palin had just finished riding a mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch & Chop House when Stephen Hanks shouted, "Do you ride Levi like that? Your mother's a whore."

If Bristol had said a similar type thing about gays - the MSM would be calling it hate speech. Anyone see any MSM outlet use that term?

99 posted on 09/28/2011 6:43:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set-up Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: gaijin
For those who have been around these parts a while, can you recall a time when society was this course? Something has happened to our society since the Clintons were in office.

People do not tolerate others very well- especially when the 'others' behave in ways unbecoming an American. I believe Oblame-a is only making it worse on every level (race, income,sexual preference, etc.).

Intolerance of normal people is not a healthy sign for society. Tolerating it could be deadly. Perverts, sickos, and weirdos need to understand that their fetishes will only result in a long-overdue push back by those who have had enough.

Of course, this is precisely what the left has engaged in for many years, culminating in the most foul of presidents in our history. Will Obama get thrown out on his ears in 2012? Does a faggot who jumps in the face of an innocent girl deserve a fist in the mouth? Yes, to both.

Call it a 'pent-up' reaction or, awakening a sleeping giant effect. Either way, Americans have just about had enough and the push back will be huge.

It began in 2010 but will take off in 2012 and will be recognized by the bankruptcy of every major media outlet that promotes these anti-American ideals. Followed by an austerity program that'll wean every fake and fraud receiving welfare or SSI from the rolls. Whole departments will be shut down at the federal level. Those government agencies that the various states feel they can afford will survive- the rest will be toast, shuttered like many a business in your local strip mall. Unemployment will skyrocket to heights not seen before.

But whose fault will it be? The TEA partier who warned of unsustainable programs and a huge public debt bubble? You know, the normal American who lives within their means and pays their bills on time? No.

It'll be the guy in San Francisco with his pants around his ankles who wants you to respect his right to public nudity. It'll be the treasury secretary who can't do his own taxes but expects you to respect the tax burden he intends to place on you and your children's backs. It'll be the retired public union employee who expects a near-full salary paid by you each and every month for the rest of his/her life.

In short, it'll be everyone who ever got up into America's grill and got away with it, for a while. America's about to chew them up and spit them out. The candidate who realizes the danger the left represents to America by pumping their Monopoly Money into a public debt bubble that will burst, gets my vote.(Cutting spending is THE way to relieve pressure and avoid a burst, but you'll notice- they can't even do that).

100 posted on 09/28/2011 10:12:32 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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