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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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61.

Googie    

Levi is soooo dumb. He thinks he can get out of paying child support because he insists his baby's mama pick up the check at his house. No court would make her go to his house. Pay up deadbeat dad.

1646 days ago
62.

Mary    

Poor John McCain...he let the right-wing of the Republican Party put the loser Palin on his ticket and his presidential aspirations and long-term political life went down in flames. This young girl is proving to be a chip-off-the-old block and, actually, I'm more sympathetic to the young father than I am on her behalf. If she could only imagine, what she is doing on behalf of the long-term wellbeing of that baby she wouldn't be grandstanding the way she has been demonstrating under the influence of that ignorant and witch of a mother.

The white trash, trailer park Palin Family love drama. One can only imagine the destruction the "loser" left behind in Alaska or would create on behalf of this country and the World. What a mental case she has proven to be and her daughter in following in her lackluster and "lipstick on a pig" footsteps.

An Independent voter....

1646 days ago
63.

Darlene    

She dosent deserve or need his money, shes following mommys orders, they would probably be together if she hadnt stuck her nose in it!

1646 days ago
64.

Deb    

Considering Bristol in her affidavit wrote that Levi's mother should not have access to the baby, I hope that goes both ways but it appears it doesn't from the recent pictures seen. Bristol's Aunt Diane who should have been sentenced today but again has been postponed for breaking and entering 3 times into a house, removing items and while she was at it, she brought along her minor child. Aunt Diane continues to have more access to Tripp than Levi does. When he shoes up at the house, most times he is denied. Therefore asking Bristol to come to his house as he doesn't live with his mother. Add the fact where Bristol lives is Sarah and Todd watching ever move and listening to Levi.

1646 days ago
65.

Vegasdude    

Bristol is a SKANK... Way to go... gettin knocked up while mommy was tryin for VP.... Levi is just a normal guy... She's the one spread eagle... I side with LEVI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1646 days ago
66.

ltlata2de    

Put the check for your child in the mail-go to court and file contempt charges for not being able to see your son. Stop making excuses. She does not have to come to you for the money and her mom should not have to support their child either. Child support is required by law regardless of the amount and goes by the parents income. Not grandma's income. So all you Palin haters need to check the law and forget all the details that will never matter in court. He is as much a SLUT as she is. He just can't have a baby is all.

1646 days ago
67.

Melissa    

What an idiot lawyer! He owes her child support and she has to go pick it up??? That's insane! By a stamp ya moron!!!

1646 days ago
68.

Daisy    

As I expected, he wants to continue to humiliate that family as instructed by the liberal fringe that now controls him. She should demand he deposit the money in a bank account. But she will have to agree to visitation or custody sharing or something once he pays up.

If Levi does not pay up, then this may be a way of cutting away from him permanently and he will not have easy street humiliating the family or more specifically Sarah through her daughter.

And to Bristol: I say cut him loose as a deadbeat dad. Your mother has millions and can help you far more than Levi especially if she has any aspirations of a political career which will be marred by pesky Levi doing things just to needle them. Cut him loose now.

1646 days ago
69.

Patti    

Did Levi expect Bristol to fly to California to pick up the check during the time he was a fashion accessory for Kathy Griffin? Did he expect her to fly to the lower 48 to pick up the check while he was posing nude for Playgirl? Just how much begging does he think she should have to do to get the money to raise their child?

Who cares if she is driving her Mom's car?

For those of you who just hate Sarah Palin, and want this poor baby to suffer because she is his Grandma, what is the matter with you? Where is your humanity? Why are you so hateful?

1646 days ago
70.

Ziggy    

Both of them are idiots. Bristol makes money from interviews and her parents are millionaires. She knew Levi was a high school drop out loser back when she was ovulating and humping him. Levi can barely spell his own last name, so how can he write a check? Both of his parents are idiots methheads and the apple didn't fall far fromt the tree.

Bristol needs to take her child support problems to the courts, not the media. Like mother, like daughter... fame whoring. Why drag the media into stupid situations which would be better off left private? Maybe Levi should take some of his child support money and buy Bristol some birth control pills and his mother-in-law, Sarah a globe so she can finally learn where Afghanistan and Africa are. Dumbasses!!

1646 days ago
71.

Kayan Phoenix    

ok first off, usually child support should be done thought the child support agency, this will keep track of what he's givin her so they don't have to go to court, and if he wants to see his son then he should set up visitation through the court, how is he gonna spend time with him if he only see him for a few seconds when she gets the check, and why on earth does she have to pick the money up, WTF is wrong with him,

1646 days ago
72.

Ziggy    

If Bristol is anything like her mother, this is all a publicity stunt so the media can crucify Levi. He has no chance of ever getting a fair deal and his goose is cooked. He's been offering her money and she refused. He just seems like a normal teenager and probably thought she could swing by, pick up the money and bring the baby with her. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has her high priced lawyers giving expert advice and knows exactly what's going on. She's always bashing Levi in the media every chance she gets. Of course public opinion will immediately state Levi is a dead beat dad, even though he probably isn't.

1646 days ago
73.

who has the facts? ME    

Ah, yes Patti, but Bristol will be on Oprah this afternoon. She will discuss it IN FRONT OF MILLIONS!

Face it - the entire Palin family as well as Levi Johnston LOVE the media coverage...especially the money they can make off of selling pictures of their kids.

Sarah - "C'mon Trig, do a trick for the camera!! Momma can make another 10 grand!!"

Bristol - "Smile nice for the camera Tripp!! Momma loves to make money off of her little 'oopsies!"

1646 days ago
74.

Ronda    

Levi is the father. His responsibility is to the child (regardless of Bristol being the daughter of Sarah Palin). Bristol should not have to come by to pick up a check or to bring the child by for visitation. If he was a responsible man and a good father he would automatically be mailing out a check each month to Bristol for the baby and coming by to pick up the child himself for visitation.

1646 days ago
75.

South Beach    

Should do it as Florida does, through the Dept of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement. Account is set up, whoever pays the state, state writes a check to whoever is receiving. Neat, records kept, none of the "he said, she said" crap.

Has nothing to do with visitation, if there's an agreement in place and the non-custodial parent doesn't visit, that's on them. If custodial withholds visitation, back into court for contempt you go.

Come get your check. Sure. Not.

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