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Levi Johnston to Bristol Palin - Go Blame Yourself

1/22/2010 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Levi Johnston is baffled at Bristol Palin's demand for child support, because he's offered her money in the past but she hasn't taken it -- this, according to Levi's lawyer.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

Attorney Rex Butler tells TMZ, Levi has told Bristol on several occasions he wanted her to come to his house to pick up checks for Tripp's support. Butler says Levi also told her "it would be nice" if she brought Tripp along when she picked up the checks, because Levi wanted to spend time with his son. Butler says on each occasion Bristol was a no-show.

Butler says Bristol is partly to blame for the fact that she hasn't gotten the support she wants. Butler tells TMZ on one occasion Levi was prepared to hand over $3,000 ... but Bristol never showed.

As for why Levi didn't just put the check in the mail ... Butler says, "Why should he have to do that. He's not dangerous to her."

As we first reported, Bristol filed legal docs late Thursday asking for $1,750 a month in child support from Levi, claiming he's only paid $4,400 since Tripp was born. Levi's manager says the Playgirl model has forked over more than $10K.

Butler would not tell us how much Levi made in 2009, but says it's significantly less than $250,000.

And, Butler says, Bristol's been driving around in a $60,000 Cadillac Escalade that he believes Sarah Palin bought ... and he thinks Sarah is controlling Bristol and is behind the latest legal move.

UPDATE: Bristol's lawyer tells TMZ, "Bristol has set forth the facts regarding child support in her affidavit filed in court. The law in Alaska is clear: a parent is obligated to support his or her child. It is unfortunate Bristol has to seek court intervention in this regard."


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I hate to see immature parents using an innocent child (or children) to get back at each other. Bristol seems to be the more mature of the two. Levi needs to grow up, man up, and support the child that he is 50% responsible for.

1701 days ago


Has Bristol Palin EVER worked a day in her life? I'd like to see her support her kid. She didn't believe in using birth control and she doesn't believe in supporting herself either. If she wanted $$$, why get pregnant by a high school kid with no career? She's a lazy worthless slacker who wants to take shortcuts in life, and a man from seeing his son out of bitterness.

1701 days ago


This male (not a man) is demanding his ex come to his house to pick up his son's support check? How ridiculous. This male has publically trashed the Palin family and if his son is to get his father's financial support, the baby's mother has to go to his house to get it? Come on!

What Bristol drives is irrelevant. Her mother is doing pretty well financially with her best selling book and her new job at FOX. It looks as if grandma is stepping up and supporting this boy and his mother. I don't think that just because Bristol drives and Escalade, this absolves Levi from his responsibility.

1701 days ago

Trooper Tom    

So he wants her to go to his house to pick up checks and take the kid with her so he can see it. Hey Butler it cuts both ways this little wanker can get in his car and drive over to her house to drop off a check and see his kid I haven't heard that she a threat to him either.

1701 days ago


I fell bad for Levi i went through the same thing i paid more that what i had to pay and they still would not let me see my son she never your the money for the child she used it to get her hair and nails done had to go to court to get rights to see my son she still wouldn't let me see my son so what i did moved across the street from her it's the world look the show teen mom on mtv it all about how hard it is on the mom but what about the dad it just as hard on him but you don't that it always that women are the victim the men are the attackers

1701 days ago


I think that he should pay support for his child. That having been said, something tells me this has more to do with Sarah Palin's personal animosity toward toward Levi Johnson then the fact he hasn't paid sufficient child support. The fact that Sarah Palin got into a pissing match with him speaks volumes about her charactor, or lack of it.

1701 days ago


She is a whore. He is an idiot. There just White Trash. I am sure their child will be very slow it runs in the family after all. . Just like mom , dad & its drug dealing grandparents.

1701 days ago


I am sure she is just driving the family car around. Levi just wants her to have to beg for the money. He needs to bring it over himself or mail it to Bristol. She is taking care of her son and should not have to go pick up his child support money. This Levi is a loser. Too bad Bristol didn't realize that before he got her pregnant.

1701 days ago


why should she have to bundle up a little baby-drive across town to pick up the child support-with or without the baby

that is a crock-even if it is true!
his responsibility is to get the payment to her

I wouldn't have gone over either!

he should have gone to her place and delivered the money in person and visited with his child there so they could see him parenting, even if only on a small scale

it's not like he can the child out to play ball or anything
he's just a baby -crawling on the floor and playing peekaboo or looking at a little book is about all he could do

why should Bristol risk him verbally attacking her, trashing her, trying to keep the baby, or having the baby around all of his friends/family who may not be desirable

let alone if he has a camera crew there to exploit the baby $$ or get more fodder for his "trash the Palin's"

until he demonstrates that he can be a decent dad who puts his child first and the court has settled custody, visitation and support she is right in not stepping foot into his place with the baby-any lawyer would agree

grasping at straws now and trying to come up with excuses so he looks a bit less pathetic-isn't fooling anyone

does he really think that a judge will buy this!!

1701 days ago


# 19...uhm im kinda disturbed by u moving accross the street...hmmm...the jury is still out on that one!

1701 days ago


Hey, if my daughter had been on the receiving end of death threats, I'd stick her in a super safe vehicle, too. I bet the SUV has safety glass and Onstar (standard in caddies, it's a GM). You need a big truck to get around Alaska and if you don't realize that you are an urban weenie. I bet she hauls her brothers and sisters around, too.

And yeah, the guy is a douche for the power play of making her drive over to get money "and it would be nice if you brought my kid". A real man supports his kids without playing games.

I'm NOT a Palin supporter but this reeks

1701 days ago


How about a poll on what a douchebag Levi is?

1701 days ago


@keylimepie Dont be mad your just pissed when your 5 baby daddys dont pay you they call you a gold digger.

Who says she doesn't work? have you guys gone all the way up there and followed her around? stupid brain dead people.

This has nothing to do with Palin. This has to do with a guy manning up and making it right.. Anyone blaming Palin is a clueless brain dead person who should breed.

1701 days ago


maybe the Palin's really do need to protect their daughter and grandson from this tool! and of course she's driving one of the family vehicles!

hope this comes up in their court case so the judge sees what a moron/unfit parent Levi is
virtually holding the support payment hostage unless she shows up with the baby

and this moronic lawyer who condones Levi's stand

even a legal aid lawyer would have told him that is not acceptable-may even be illegal

maybe this guy is an entertainment lawyer who helps to negotiate all of Levi's naked gigs!

because he appears to know nothing about family law

1701 days ago


It is so simple - pay the child support.

1701 days ago
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