April 6th, 2009
06:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin spokeswoman attacks Levi Johnston's 'lies'

(CNN) - A Palin family spokeswoman Monday is continuing to push back against recent claims from Levi Johnston, saying the former fiancé of Bristol Palin told an outright "lie" when he said the two were allowed to live together.

"Levi has never lived under the same roof as Bristol or any of the Palins," Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told CNN.

In an interview that aired in full Monday on the Tyra Banks Show, Johnston said he moved in to the Palin household shortly before the birth of son Tripp last December.

"I just wanted to be there for her when she had the baby," Johnston said, adding the two were allowed to share a room.

"Do you really think the governor and Todd would have allowed that," Stapleton said in an e-mail.

In a statement released late last Friday, Stapelton was also sharply critical of Johnston for appearing on the show.

"We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," Stapleton said. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well-being of the child."

But in the interview with Tyra Banks, Johnston said was driven to "break his silence" after reading several news reports that were "not true."

"I have seen a lot of stuff, read a lot of things in the newspapers and news and it's time we get our story out there," he said. "I have seen a lot of stuff saying I've done steroids and drugs and cheated on Bristol and that kind of thing, and it's not true."

Johnston also described a currently chilly relationship with the Palins, saying the Alaska governor "doesn't want me around, I don't think." Johnston, and his mother Sherry, said they may go to court in an effort to be granted 50 percent custody of the child.

Johnston and Bristol Palin were thrust into the spotlight last September when Sarah Palin was chosen to be the Republican vice presidential candidate. During the GOP's national convention in Minneapolis, Palin revealed that Bristol, then 17 years old, was pregnant with Johnston's baby and the two had plans to marry.

The Alaska governor later indicated the wedding would occur this summer. But news surfaced last month the two had split.


Filed under: Bristol Palin • Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. probama in paradise

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much–why would he make up staying in the same room with Bristol?

    April 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Paul I

    Right out of the Palin campaign book – "... a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion..."

    April 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Jam

    Sarah Palin is using her spokesperson to hit back at her daughter's ex-boyfriend and his family? I congratulate her on embracing her status as a burned out celebrity. She has found her true calling.

    April 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. marlene

    How sad to kiss and tell...so immature...thank God they didnt get married

    April 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. t.lynn

    Dear Palin Camp,
    Nobody cares. Sarah, enjoy being a granny and Bristol, enjoy being a new mommy. NEXT!!!

    April 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    So it was OK for Governor Palin to make political hay out of her daughter's pregnancy, but not OK for the father of the child to benefit? I don't know about lies, etc., but it seems that Bristol has been kept under tight wraps now that she is an unwed mother with no prospects of marriage.

    Levi, you are lucky....

    April 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Filp

    "Levi has never lived under the same roof as Bristol or any of the Palins," Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told CNN.

    Isn't that the whole problem here? If Palin paid any attention to her own family perhaps this would never have become an issue. She dug her own ditch and now she's got to deal with it. Also, since she was the one who was carting him onto stage at the RNC convention she's got to take responsibility for the damage she did to herself. Palin needs to recognize it's not the media that's problem - it's her parenting skills that need saving. Perhaps she can talk to her witch-doctor about it.

    April 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. ReasonedTraveler

    Let's see...who am I more likely to believe? A kid who tells his side of the story without once saying anything negative about his ex-fiancee or her family or the press spokesperson for that family who responds by attacking the kid? Let me think about that for a bit...

    April 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Adam

    I am amazed that Sarah Palin would even comment on his interview. Her comments just cause a larger separation between them. It has been ok for Bristol and Sarah to comment but not Levi. Even during the last election Sarah Palin would not let anyone comment in the family. I just wonder what this woman is hiding. She doesn't want the real truth to be known. Again, when you have trailer trash upbringing, what can you expect.

    April 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. SHARON-MN

    S.Palin herself thrust these children into the spot light. He has every right to defend his character. I think the Palin's should be ashamed of themselves. I pray for the child. And for Levi. The Palin's have shown their teeth to the public in a very nasty snarl. I hope the Palin's will soon fade from the light. I quite frankly am tired of them.

    April 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Dale

    What a stupid comment made in reference to the two sharing a room together:

    "Do you really think the governor and Todd would have allowed that,"

    She allowed the circumstances that caused her 17 year old daughter to get pregnant.

    April 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Don in Boca Raton Florida

    It's amazing how fast they turn on each other. Wasn't this guy the Golden Boy who was going to be an electrician (without the high school diploma) and marry Bristol....

    but then his mom got caught doing, making, and distributing meth....

    then we didn't hear anytjthing else about the high school dropout Maveric Junior's great future plans together....

    now he's being denounced.... What a world.... what a world

    April 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Voter

    Apparently the Governor and Todd "allowed" a lot of things – why would this be any different??

    April 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I tend to believe the young man – don't have much faith in Gov. Palin!

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. joe

    Well they allowed them to have sex and get pregnant what is the big deal is they lived together? Compared to having a baby?

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Anna

    Sounds to me like the Palins are the ones lying. What would be the point of not allowing them to live under the same roof and share a room if they were engaged and expecting a baby? Come on, she's already pregnant so what's the worst that could happen?

    Sarah is just trying to protect her uber-conservative image so the Repubs like her.

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Peggy - TX

    The young man sound credible. He is telling it the way it is. Palin on the other hand is not credible by saying that young man that she used to parade around with her on the political stump is now lying about her, because what he said hurts the public persona she has worked so hard to build.

    One incredulous comment is Palin said Levi has failed to “contribute to the well-being of the child." Does any one really believe that given the two families' financial situations that her grandchild is lacking because Levi is not proving money. She should be careful, because if Levi does start providing child support, then her daughter could gain independence from her; something I do not think Palin is looking forward to.

    April 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. No More Palin

    Can we please move on from the Palin's. They have been nothing but a media sore since McCain picked them up. Even McCain has let it go. They have their own personal problems to deal with and the media is doing whatever they can to keep them in the News. Seriously, we have more issue to deal with than covering the Palin's. The election is over. She is a non-issue. She's just firing shots into the air to keep her name in the media. This is the type of media madness that makes our Country look childish. If you ignore her, then she will go away. I don't want to ever hear her name again. GOP's mistake and we all know that now. Let it go.

    April 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    It's good that Levi got out while he could. Those hypocritical Palins would have had him knocked off if he had hung around!!

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Actually that quote should have been read like this. "We're disappointed that Sarah and her family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion" Well that's the Palins for ya.

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Steph

    Levi looked really composed and mature for his age, and so i do not think he was lying. I watched the Tyra show, and i feel in love with his family. They seem nice, and i hope the Palins allows Tripp to visit his daddy's family more. Did they share a room in the house? Oh yes they did. I just think Palin is kind of ashamed now that the truth is out. Levi needs to be in that child's life whether the Palins want it or not. If not i think Levi and his family should sue.

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. holierthanthou

    "Do you really think the governor and Todd would have allowed that," Stapleton said in an e-mail.

    Of course they wouldn't have allowed it. It would have taken the spotlight off of them for two seconds, and miss Sarah won't have any of that.

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Helena

    Another lie from the Palin camp. Just where do you think Levi was sleeping while on the campaign trail. Do you really think he had his own room? I believe him when he said they shared a room. Of course the Palins knew it.

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Takeshi

    oh wow. This is going to be a ROAST. they are going to destroy him.

    April 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    Did anyone truly think this relationship was going to end up in marriage? Even conservatives knew it was a snowballs chance in hell and yet went with the talking point and even tried to make it sound all romantic. Of course none of them will have to be called on what they did. Ugh! It is so frustrating to see how many ignorant fools are out there that just don't get what is being done to them. Its all for show with the GOP... everything down to their new RNC head who claims he's for the blacks.

    April 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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