April 6th, 2009
06:33 PM ET
11 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. zlerpster

    How much was the young man paid to do the interview? That might help us to understand more about what he said.

    April 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. barbara

    why wouldn't they be allowed to live together, they were already expecting a child. It's not like she might get pregnant, she was already pregnant.

    April 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. terri

    You just can't make this stuff up.

    April 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. rich

    You know the media should just let these two young people raise their child. All this back and forth does nothing good for this child getting caught in the middle of this nonsense. It makes no sense for these young people to be at odds with each other when they have a baby to raise.

    April 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Kraig Rasool

    It seems quite obvious that there is that thin line between love and hate. Levi is not saying everything that has happened to him since
    his 15minutes of fame. Look they are young, break-ups happen all
    the time so we are all numb to his feelings and complaints and
    so over-numb to the media who keeps stories like this circulating.

    April 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. obama/mama

    Wow....I believe every word Levi says. Sarah is a fraud

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. gl, Pittsburgh

    Levi Johnston, saying the former fiancé of Bristol Palin told an outright "lie" when he said the two were allowed to live together.

    I know this is true becasue most white people allow their kids boyfriends and girlfriend to live with them. I grow up with alot of whites all of them lived at home with their boyfriends and girlfriends at a eary age! He is not lying. Sara Palin is a big fate and a bid liar.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Tim


    Palin, the gift that keeps on giving new meaning to the phase:

    "Late night talk show monologue JOKE."

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Christopher

    I dont think that this kid lied. In fact Palin is the one that has been frequently caught in lies and cover up. I am pretty sure that Palin simply didnt think that anyone would ever know of the live in situation since she felt that she had effectivly staged a shot-gun engagement.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. @ NYC

    useless people deserve useless people. gotta feel bad for the little new born. doesn't seem like either family is interested in the little guy.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. chelle

    Sarah Palin needs to look in the mirror....she shamelessly exploited her kids the whole campaign instead of only having them appear occasionally. Apparently school and a schedule aren't important to her, only the appearance of an adoring family. Levi's appearance would have been low-key if they hadn't protested too loudly! And this coming from the people who sold the baby's pictures to People magazine. One might imagine the money from his appearance might just go to supporting his child.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    A sad situation.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Sandy

    I believe the kid. They were engaged and about to have a baby. Why would the family not allow them to be together. Puhlease! The wheels are off Sarah's pure white morality bus, and there's no judgment about that. This is just real life.

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. You Betcha

    Ha- eating their own

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Jo Anne Weathers - Colonia, N.J.

    Maybe they should have spent more time monitoring their daughter's
    behavior and mentoring both she and Levi with the upcoming birth of their son, than trying to convince the country that President Obama "hung" around with terriosts??? She evidently was not successful at either task.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. S.M

    Sarah Palin is a fine one to talk. Who brought Levi Johnston to the Republican convention and paraded both he and Bristol around as if they were a married couple?

    I wouldn't be surprised if Palin allowed both Levi and her daughter to shack up before the birth of their son.

    If this had been the Obama's daughters Sarah Palin would have trashed both he and his daughters.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Hope for the future

    Whenever something comes up with Palin, fur starts to fly. Watch your back, Levi, she may destroy you; just like everything else she comes in contact with.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Sharon Kitchen

    ah........................the palinsoaphour..................................................

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Pastiche

    Ah, the Palin Family Chronicles...a gift that keeps on giving! Thank you John McCain for bringing this great regional soap opera to the national stage!

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. VGal

    I hear nothing but gossip coming from the Palin's. Is this really the type of leader we should have in our country? The governor needs to get her own house in order before she attempts to run the country.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. capnmike

    These people, all of them, are nothing but ignorant trailer-trash, and do not deserve the kind of media coverage they are getting...They belong on Jerry Springer, not in the national news.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. oh boy...

    There was nothing exploiting about this interview at all. Every story has two sides. You don't see their family on the news every hour trying to make a buck. Tyra even explained that they were not being paid for the interview. He seemed very genuine and hurt by not being able to see his son. He seemed more authentic than anyone in the Palin family. They need to let him see his son more often and stay out of national politics.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. nw

    wwho really cares about either family . the palin and the johnson families need to stop seeking attention and do what is best for the baby.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Tim

    It's impossible to know who to believe. A young kid who seems to be seeking a forum to make some money and lash out or a politician who wants to control the whole situation with their own spin.

    April 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. slkwly

    Oh yeah...now the truth comes out....and to think, people actually voted for this lady. Jerry Springer could host this family on his show. The final laugh, quite hilarious, is the previous statement where this Palin spokesperson said that Bristol, will "continue to finish school, raise her child and 'promote abstinence' "-gotta love that.....

    April 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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