(CNN) – Teen father Levi Johnston dropped a bombshell into the middle of the escalating family feud between Johnston’s family and the family of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose eldest daughter is the mother of Johnston’s infant son.
In an interview with CNN’s Larry King, Johnston, his mother, and his sister acknowledged that they have a lawyer and are contemplating taking legal action to protect Johnston’s parental rights.
“That is what we’re going to have to do next,” Johnston’s mother, Sherry, said Wednesday on Larry King Live. “We were just hoping that we wouldn’t have to,” Sherry Johnston also said.
But “that is the step we’re going to have to go,” Johnston’s mother said later in the interview.
The teen father said that he and Bristol Palin, Gov’s Palin’s daughter, do not have a formal custody agreement regarding Tripp, their 4-month old son.
While the young father and his mother at times appeared hesitant about the prospect of taking formal legal action, Mercede Johnston, Levi Johnston’s younger sister, seemed anxious to get the brewing custody battle in front a judge.
“I hope it happens soon, to be honest” Mercede Johnston said. “I want that baby in my life just as much as he does.”
Levi Johnston also told King that he is not paying any child support to Bristol Palin right now. “I got everything my boy needs back home – diapers, toys, everything. Once we go to court, we’ll deal with that.”
The Palins did not appear on King’s show Wednesday night. “To be fair here, we have not heard from the Palins on this,” King said. “If they wish to contact us, we’ll, of course, give equal time,” the CNN anchor added.
Gov. Palin revealed that her unmarried daughter was pregnant soon after being named as the running mate of Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. Levi Johnston joined the Palin family at the Republican National Convention.
The two teenagers had plans to marry but their relationship ended after the birth of their son.
Johnston and his family told King that Johnston is permitted to visit with his son at the Palin home but is not permitted to take the child away from the home.