Disney star Kyle Massey has filed a lawsuit
against producers involved in Bristol Palin's reality series, "Life's a Tripp,"
alleging that he and his family were left high and dry when the joint venture
with his fellow "DWTS" castmate went in a new direction.
Initially titled "Helping Hands," the show's original concept was to feature
Massey, 20, Palin, 21, and her son Tripp, 3, in Los Angeles as they embarked
upon various charitable endeavors. According to official paperwork filed
Tuesday, Palin's new show, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" is
"substantially identical and, at best, a derivative work" of the Masseys'
copyrighted idea. The family further claims that they were unfairly excluded
from the final product and its profits.
"It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the
professional way, we were left with no other course of action than to take legal
action to protect ourselves," Kyle's mom Angela Massey said in a statement. "If
you read the entire complaint ... you will see how we created the show,
registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the
defendants, who stole our concept."
It should be noted that Bristol is not named in the 31-page suit. Associated
Television International, Helping Hands LLC and David McKenzie are listed as
Originally picked up by BIO, "Life's a Tripp" aired its first episode Tuesday
on Lifetime following Bristol as she adjusts to life as a single mom.