“Dancing With the Star’s Kyle Massey (pictured center), his brother Christopher (pictured left), and mother Angela are going after the producers of the new Lifetime reality show “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” because they allege that the idea was stolen right from under them. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, the family is seeking a permanent injunction and monetary damages. They claim that the show is owned by them and that they were not even credited or compensated for their creative input, reports the Huffington Post.
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Bristol (pictured right) is the daughter of the controversial 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The 21-year-old woman is not being named in the suit. Bristol was also a 2010 contestant on “DWTS” along with Massey. The pair got to know each other behind the scenes and began dating shortly thereafter.
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The Masseys claim that they met with the producers of Bristol’s show, Associated Television International, and its head, David McKenzie and came up with a reality series entitled “Helping Hands.” The series that the Massey’s say they brainstormed would center around Kyle, Christopher, Bristol, and her son Tripp, all living together in Los Angeles as she works for a charity while caring for her son.
According to the filing, the Masseys say that their show was in fact green lighted then scrapped but has now been fraudulently repackaged as the show that Bristol now stars in, which aired this week.
“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,” Angela said in a statement. She added, “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.”