Levi Johnston Fights For Custody Of His Son Tripp

"I don't know why they just don't want me in his life"

Levi Johnston, who arrived in NYC, NY earlier week to prepare for his nekkid photoshoot for Playgirl magazine, has decided that he is going to fight for shared custody of his only begotten son Tripp Easton Mitchell (borne of Bristol Palin, eldest daughter of the former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin). According to Johnston, the Palin family don’t want to let him anywhere near his son … so his only recourse is to take them to court:


In his custody fight for son Tripp, Levi Johnston says he’s up against a powerful foe: Sarah Palin. Johnston, 19, claims the former vice presidential candidate has been part of an effort to keep Tripp away from Johnston by exerting influence on 19-year-old daughter Bristol, who is Tripp’s mother. “She has a big impact on what Bristol does and thinks,” Johnston tells Entertainment Tonight. “Bristol looks up to Sarah. I don’t know why they just don’t want me in his life.” But Johnston insists he doesn’t fear Palin as he gets ready to sue for joint custody. “She ain’t nothing,” he says. “Just because she ran for vice president and was the governor of Alaska, doesn’t intimidate me. Sarah has no legal thing on Tripp, she’s just the grandmother.” He adds: “By the end of the year we’re gonna go to court for joint custody. I’m just done with it. When there’s a kid involved you ain’t walking away.” When Johnston announced his intention to sue for custody, Palin’s camp did not respond to requests for comment. But her lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, told Britain’s The Guardian on Oct. 30, “Other than noting that Tripp’s father is always welcome to visit his son, we are unable to respond to these allegations as it is inappropriate to discuss child custody matters publicly.”

Um … yeah, but before Levi Johnston goes to court to fight for custody rights, he’s going to pose nekkid for Playgirl magazine. I don’t know that that is the wisest course of actions if he is truly intent on proving to the court that he deserves custodial rights to his child but … I wish him the best of luck. And speaking of that Playgirl shoot … Levi spoke with Life & Style magazine about his readiness to drop trou for Playgirl. After the jump, find out what he has to say on the matter and hear from Playgirl when the shoot will actually take place …

Levi Johnston arrived in New York this week to shoot his upcoming nude photo spread for Playgirl, and in an exclusive interview with Life & Style the Alaskan stud reveals, “I’m as ready as I’ve ever been.” “It’s happening Nov. 13, 14 and 15,” Daniel Nardicio, a rep for the man-candy magazine, confirms to Life & Style. “It’s going to be glamorous. I wanted to revamp the magazine’s image, and Levi’s contemporary, hot, athletic and controversial.” And he certainly has his fans, including comedian Kathy Griffin. But Levi also has the gay community swooning — something Playgirl is banking on because it has a sizable gay readership. “I don’t have a problem with it,” Levi tells Life & Style. “If I’m a gay icon, so be it. I guess it’s a compliment.” To prepare for the spread, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound hottie has been hitting the gym and sticking to a strict diet that includes moose meat! And while Levi’s hoping all the hard work pays off, he’s aware his fame may be fleeting. “I could go out and do movies, maybe one day even end up as a celebrity,” he says. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just go back to being a licensed electrician like everyone else in my family.”

Actually, the shoot is scheduled to take place starting tomorrow, November 12 … that’s what the official Playgirl Twitter account announced today:

taking Levi to The Box tonight for the Fleshbot Awards. Gearing up for the shoot tomorrow!

I understand that The Fleshbot Awards seeks to “recognize and reward sexiness in pop culture” as determined by the NSFW blog Fleshbot. HMMM … which means that first Levi will appear at a porn awards show, then pose nekkid in a porn mag AND THEN go to court to ask for joint-custody of his child. Yeah … that sounds like a winning plan to me.

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  1. Monique

    Trent, I don’t really see how that has any bearing on the matter. Would they rather him have some source of income, rather than none?

    meh, idk.

  2. Kat

    While it may not appear to be a great course of action, it does cost money for a lawyer — where would Levi get the $ for fighting for custody? He was working as a carpenter, so not on the independently wealthy side?

    I don’t know… but I am thinking we could cut a redneck from Alaska some slack, he’s probably not the most sophisticated person (what with the teenage pregnancy et al).

  3. Joanna

    I am sad. Has everyone forgot about Veteren’s Day?? My dad, and thousands of other soldiers, men and women, retired and active, have fought for our country. With the shooting in my hometown base of Ft. Hood, that happened just a few days ago, i thought that more people would at least acknowledge this day, in honor of all these brave men and women who have fought, as well as those who have lost there lives. I’m sorry Trent, i am not mad at you, and i did mean to use this post as a platform. I just think we should all acknowledge this day. Even if people don’t agree with war, it does not change the fact that we still have our fellow americans that are involved in it. Have a great day everyone, and at least take a little time out today to think about those who have and are a long way from home missing their families.

  4. Mr. Gyllenhaal

    I can’t wait for the spread! It is going to be grand. Happy Veterans day to all the Vets out there! Job well done!!

  5. yogagirl

    @Joanna …well said – thank you for reminding me to stop today and acknowledge all the veterans -

  6. Jadedkitten

    What does him being naked on Playboy have to do with him wanting custody of his child. What does posting nude mean he’s some how unfit???

    • @Jadedkitten — “What does posting nude mean he’s some how unfit???” That’s not what I’m saying at all but a court of law may look at his behavior and rule in that way. All it takes is a very conservative judge to side with the Palins and he is screwed.

  7. Joanna

    I think custody battles can get so nasty. I don’t think that him posing for Playboy has any bearing on how good of a father he is, but people can be very judgemental in society. This may not help Levi at all. Wear condoms if you’re gonna have sex is the bottom line, lol!!

  8. Joanna

    @yogagirl, thanks! I just have been a little stressed, and on edge since that shooting. my parents live right outside of base, and my dad works on base, so as you can imagine i was freaking out. My parents are ok. I feel so sad for those families involved.

  9. nae

    “i just don’t know why they won’t let me in his life” – perhaps b/c you are a moron levi. just leave good enough alone.

    & i can’t believe this guy is posing for playgirl. i sure don’t wanna see his junk. his face isn’t attractive – i shudder at what the rest of him looks like (that which i will never know). yuck.

  10. maribella

    he probably has more money than the child’s mother considering he works and i doubt she does. no matter how conservative the judge is, that and his fitness as a parent is what should be considered and not whether or not he’s posed nude.

  11. Bridget

    I think they should give the child to ME. Jesus at this point anyone else is better than pretty much everyone involved…

  12. Ria

    @Bridget, LOLOLOL agreed!

  13. debho

    This young bloke is certainly milking his 15 minutes. I just saw him on E News (or one of those shows) where a realtor was showing him through some houses. It was cringeworthy….he certainly isn’t the smartest knife in the drawer. And he says “ain’t”. Do people really still talk like that? I guess if you need a quick buck, then getting your gear off is the way. At least he’ll be able to afford a house for his son should he get shared custody of him, which he is rightfully entitled to. I just hope he realises that this “fame” won’t last and he’ll need a job to keep up the lifestyle he’s hungering for.

  14. Oscar in Miami Beach

    He is not having sex like the ex-Miss California.He is just posing naked and it will probably be very tasteful.Nude posing is a ckassical thing since antiquity.Go to the Museum and see what nakedness is all about.Good for him to make some money and claim his son.Go Levi.We are all with you and since according to Kathy you are hung,I’m waiting for the pictures.

  15. kitty50

    While I’m no fan of Levi I do feel a little bit sorry for him. I mean the Palins basically threw him into a shotgun engagment when it was reveiled that Bristol was pregnant, then when he was no longer needed to keep up appearances they shoved him out of his own childs life. It’s sad to think of children raining children, but when you get down to it custody is about the ability to raise a child and should be based on just the mother and father, not extended families. In that case how would Bristol be considered more fit? She’s a highschool dropout with no job living with her parents. At least Levi is bringing in some income even if he’s getting it for showing it.I just hope that when the whole court thing goes down that they get an unbiased judge that looks at the facts on all sides. After all, Sarah Palin has been known to use her connections in devious ways in the past.(wasn’t there something about hving her ex-Brother-in-law fired or something?)

  16. kitty50

    oops, raining=raising

  17. jennie

    Good for him, i dont care if he poses naked he needs money , and sarah palin is a douche!

  18. RM

    I think y’all have more against Sarah Palin than you do for Levi. He only wants his son to extend his 15 minutes. If the Petersons rather than the Palins were involved he’s most likely abandon the child. Remember, Palin’s got a book coming out and it’s going to be huge ($$$ – ps I’m not buying the book). So having joint custody of the son equals him getting some of the funds. He doesn’t care about his son. Only the money and fame attached to .

    And I’m pro-choice and did not vote for McCain Pailn last year. But I am disgusted on how much people hate her becuase her views are different. She’s no longer a political threat and Obama’s in office. Lighten up already

  19. Ella

    It doesn’t take much to become a ‘celebrity’ these days Levi. Look at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, Paris Hilton, Jon and Kate Gosselin….All you need a bit of notoriety by your willingness to exploit your body, your general douchiness, and your child. You have all of those things down. I’d say I hope he goes away soon, but unfortunately we still have to deal with the idiots I named above. Sigh.

    I don’t think it’s his choice to pose nude necessarily that makes his decision to fight for custody idiotic, it’s that fact that he is no doubt going to turn the battle into a big circus as demonstrated by his inability to shut the hell up. Stop talking smack about your son’s grandmother. Yeah, she sucks. We know that already. I think some of us were actually following the Presidential race last year. If anything you should be thanking her, for your *crossing fingers* 15 minutes of fame, because if it weren’t for her no one would know or care who the hell you are.

  20. Veronica

    Trent,

    I love your blog… but why do you keep talking about Levi Johnston? Sarah Palin’s daughter didn’t have a choice getting drawn into the media and it is really a really sad situation. Imagine being a teenager mother and the guy you loved and the father of your child is going around talking like this (and posing naked). I feel horrible for her and do not think we should be giving Levi any more publicity!

  21. Tori

    I would like to point out that they said levi could “visit” his son whenever he wants, not live with him, not have custody, not babysit, but visit….

  22. xerx

    According to wikipedia Bristol got her high school diploma on May 14, 2009. Levi did not graduate from high school (also according to wikipedia).

    In any case, he has the legal right to get joint custody and I hope the judge rules in the best interests of Tripp.

  23. whotheheckami

    “I could go out and do movies, maybe one day even end up as a celebrity,”

    Levi, don’t put all your eggs in one basket (furtile or non-furtile).

    This punk hitched his star to the Palins and is milking it for everything that he can. Personally I wish they would all just disappear.

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