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.