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Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston -- Pay Up Deadbeat

1/22/2010 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bristol Palin has gone to court, demanding that Levi Johnston step up as a dad and pay her some of the money he's raked in from his naked media blitz.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Child Support Documents: Click to view!

Court documents were filed by Bristol's lawyer late Thursday afternoon in Alaska, demanding $1,750 a month in child support from Levi, retroactive to the birth of son Tripp on December 27, 2008.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Bristol believes Levi has pulled in "in excess of $105,000 in 2009 through various media interviews and modeling related activities." The $105,000 figure is significant, because under Alaska law a non-custodial parent must pay 20% of income up to $105,000 a year -- which comes to $1,750 a month.

Bristol says in her sworn statement, "I have received limited and sporadic financial assistance from Levi." Bristol says Levi has forked over only $4,400 over the 13 months of Tripp's life -- $3,000 on September 9, 2009, $1,400 on December 19.

Bristol's request is for temporary support, pending a permanent child support order.

UPDATE: Levi Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, tells TMZ Levi has paid Bristol more than $10,000 since Tripp was born. Jones also says Levi does not make money off of every interview he does, though he did not say exactly how much Levi has made.

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91.

Sloane    

TO THOSE WHO SAY THE PALIN'S SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT....

IF LEVI WERE ACTING RESPONSIBLY THEY COULD

WHO DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN FOOTING THE BILL FOR EVERYTHING?

STARTING WITH THE COST OF BRISTOL'S PRE-NATAL CARE

THE BIRTH

THE ONGOING COSTS OF HOUSING, FOOD ETC.

THE

LIST

IS

ENDLESS

HE SHOULD BE RELIEVED THAT THEY ARE THERE

HIS FAMILY (MOM IN JAIL) CERTAINLY DON'T HELP!

1712 days ago
92.

JimAK    

You'll notice that Levi went almost a year before paying a dime and then only dropped off $3,000 right before the custody filing. The rest came after the court case was official.

The judge will not be impressed. Levi is going to pay and pay big and he should. He is just another deadbeat dad.

1712 days ago
93.

karma    

Didn't Bristol get quite a pay-off from selling pictures of Levi's baby? Where did all that money go? Levi should work and pay child support; but truthfully, a 'Playgirl' centerfold pay-out is not a "regular job". $1750? An undereducated, drop-out, 20 year old in Alaska? Right...Bristol, you Palins have been living large far too long, get in the REAL world. And Levi--get a job, support your kid, tell the court your true income.
Hey Bristol, some people think you should have to pay Levi for selling pictures of his baby to gossip rags.

1712 days ago
94.

Bookworm    

@Susie

Honestly you're friend must have either paid somebody off or gotten a ridiculously sympathetic judge. Because not only is what she got more than most women get (my mom got only a couple hundred a month total for 3 kids and I know plenty more who are about the same. And my dad was in the same position as the guy you described, ~40K a year and he covered our insurance), but what she got was excessive, especially 25 years ago. Honestly, whatever judge decided that for her should have been fired because there's no way she needed anywhere near $1200 a month to support only 2 kids. Unless of course, that included spousal support (which I still think is ridiculous), but means that her actual child support wasn't as high as you say. Levi wasn't married to Bristol, he doesn't owe her enough money to support herself as well.

I'm not saying he shouldn't pay child support, but he's not a 40-year old with a steady job. He's a 19-year old who only has a high school diploma and has done a few interviews and photo shoots for a bit of cash. A bit of cash that is not going to last. Only a corrupt judge would take her demand for $1750 from a 19-year old with no stable means of support seriously.

1712 days ago
95.

Kitty Knows Best    

Why are people calling Bristol a bitch?! She is a mother seeking support for her child! Should her parents pay for everything? I think not. Bristol and Levi are the parents and are legally responsible for their child, not Sarah Palin. I could tell early on that Levi was going to be a deadbeat dad and they wouldn't get married. Wow. What a mess!
This story is a cautionary tale for teen girls. Look what can happen if you have unprotected sex with an immature idiot.

1712 days ago
96.

Ricky    

Y'all are a bunch of commenting fools! Quit making it all about the left and right wings...

And let's get to the real story here... Tank Jones? WOWZERS! That's an awesome name!

1712 days ago
97.

buffysmom    

Seems to me that Tripp has earned his own keep by his mother pimping out his pictures to 2 different magazines.

1712 days ago
98.

Sloane    

would never give custody to Levi

some of you may not like the Palin's for their politics or whatever, but they look like better role models to me than Levi's mom

she is jail for selling drugs!
no respect for laws and authority
looks like a bit of a loser
probably has been a drug user to some degree
who knows how her kids were raised-
you can tell she wasn't a great role model

and she is stupid too!!!
not just selling drugs
but selling to an undercover cop!

and every time Levi trashes Bristol or her family-whether in private with pals/family or on national TV -that is not in the best interests of his child
it's only his self-serving interest

a child should never be subjected to that-it's emotionally abusing the child if you are constantly trashing the other parent when they are around-you have to grow up control your impulse to do that

don't think he can
it's become "his thing"
that's about all he can do

if he didn't trash talk the Palin's-none of the liberal gossip shows would have given him a second look
but in a court room an judge won't look to kindly on all of that

1712 days ago
99.

who has the facts? ME    

Let's not forget that BRISTOL has made money off of that baby too. She and her fame whoring mother were on the cover of US Weekly to the tune of 100K. They are willing to sell their children's images for money.

Yes, Levi should pay, but quit acting like he's the only one who's guilty of making money off of his 15 minutes of fame.

And the Playgirl thing?? Should be no big deal to the conservative Republicans. After all, it was OK for Carrie Prejean and new MA Senator Scott Brown to strip down and show it to the cameras, right??

Oh, and Sarah and Bristol are going to be on Oprah today. I think I remember the right wing nuts having a field day over Obama and his "celebrity." Is it OK for Sarah to be a celebrity? Hypocrisy and double standards - the hallmarks of a good conservative.

1712 days ago
100.

amy    

Think about health insurance, clothing (that babies are always outgrowing), food, rent (because you have to pay more to have more space). Then think about saving money for college.

Dragged? He chose to have unprotected sex. He chose to propose to her because he thought he was going to be the Vice President's son-in-law. Then as soon as the race is over he skips town as soon as the election is lost? Consider the fact that he made all of that money trashing her family, which is going to come back to their son and cause him a lot of emotional damage. I don't care how bad they may or may not be in real life, he still has to raise a child with Bristol, so he needs to keep his dislike of her family to a tasteful, discreet level for his son's sake. That, in all of this, is what pisses me off the most.

I'm not really a Palin fan. I don't think she's evil. I think she was ill qualified, and I think her decisions over the past year have hurt her party even more (like losing what could have been a "sure thing" election in New York by going out for the extreme independent and losing it for the moderate Republican), but no matter what we think of her, this is uncalled for. He just wants to be famous and he knows that saying horrible things about the mother of his child will get him a few more minutes in the spotlight.

1712 days ago
101.

jen    

THAT'S TO MUCH...MY HUSBAND DOSEN'T EVEN MAKE THAT MUCH EVER 2 WEEKS AND WE HAVE 3 KIDS AND I AM A HOUSEWIFE FOR 15YRS AND BEEN VERY ILL ALOT OF HOSPITAL BILLS.MAYBE,$400-$600 BUT THAT IS IT SHE IS CRAZY.

1712 days ago
102.

lilly    

Are people forgetting it took 2 to make that baby, and he has been giving her money without a court order so how is he a deadbeat dad??? Bristol has used that baby to make money for herself and denied Levi visits because he may exploit the child, isn't that exactly what she is doing? She is a money hungry control freak just like her mama. Levi needs to spill all he knows about the Palin's and start with a fresh slate..

Carrie-Why are you calling Levi a male whore when The new senator Scott did a nude centerfold and everyone is ok with it?

1712 days ago
103.

Robohobo    

Nice cesspool you guys got going over here. This schmuck Levi does not see his kid nor pay support? But he can pal around with 'Z' lister Kathy Griffin or whoever that skank was?

Hey, sierra, if you are female, I hope that when you get knocked up by the boy-toy he runs out on you and doesn't pay his due.

1712 days ago
104.

Merin    

Carrie is right - but considering she seems to be the only one who can spell/form sentences; that makes sense.

It is not about the grandparents - if 2 people have a child, they are responsible for it's well being. $1,750/mo is not a lot, if she rents a place, $1,000; diapers, wipes, food, clothing and a sitter easily takes up the other $750.

The Palin's are not "money," they are blue collar people who had their lives thrust onto the national stage and torn apart for all to mock. Sarah is providing for her family - as any responsible adult would, but she is not responsible for caring for Tripp.

If Levi is making money then he needs to step up - Fast. He no longer lives in Alaska, so how exactly would joint custody work? Carting an infant to/from CA 1 or 2 times a month is the height of madness and no judge would allow it. Child support can always be re-adjusted when his days as a Playgirl model are over.

1712 days ago
105.

wow    

You "people" are the prime example of why we're losing to the Chinese and the rest of the world hates us. It's hard to know who is more trailer trash: Sarah Palin and her brood/Levi or the mob with the pitchforks that populate this site.

First the BABY has done nothing wrong. Regardless of what you self-righteous low-income geniuses think of his grandmother. Second, it's stupid to punish the child and deny it support because your worldview has no concept of PRINCIPLES, and I guess right and wrong depends entirely on what you think of the people involved... instead of what's actually RIGHT OR WRONG, child support is not an option plan. You pay it period, it's something called your duty to your child, refusing to pay it is a form of neglect and abuse, just as if you refused to feed it or take it to the doctor when it was sick (because he or his mother "pissed you off"). Third, has it dawned on any of you geniuses that every dollar Levi earns is directly due to his connection to Sarah Palin? Yet you would deny Levi's SON his due support because of the very woman Levi owes his "income" to. Else he'd be another unemployed low-rent meth head life the other villagers posting on this site.

I swear the internet is the exact modern equivalent of the village mob rushing en mass to burn the witch at the stake or anyone else whose views are heretical to your own worldview. Ugly ugly people.

1712 days ago
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