Bristol Palin to "Erratic" Levi Johnston: Get a Job!

Levi denies being a deadbeat in court papers, states that his income is "erratic" due to his burgeoning entertainment career

By Josh Grossberg Feb 11, 2010 6:32 PMTags
Briston Palin, Tripp Palin, Levi JohnstonJon Kopaloff/Getty Images, Eugene Gologursky, AP Photo/ Al Grillo

It doesn't take a palm reader to know that Levi Johnston is just like every other aspiring showbiz star—dirt poor.

Sarah Palin's almost son-in-law/Playgirl cover boy is rejecting assertions by her 19-year-old daughter, Bristol, that he earned $105,000 in 2009 and should have his child support payments cranked up.

Bristol wants Levi to fork over $1,750 a month to care for their 1-year-old son, Tripp, but in a new court filing, Johnston attorney Rex Butler characterizes Levi's income as "erratic," noting that before 2009 he was lucky to pull in $10,000 annually. His only guaranteed income so far in 2010 is $25,000 coming from "some contingencies based on my Playgirl shoot." (On stands now!)

But Team Bristol ain't buying it.

Her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, has issued the following statement: "Bristol is hopeful that Levi will obtain work in 2010." Ouch.

She is also "encouraged that he acknowledged in court his obligation to pay child support and that he acknowledged paying $4,400 in the last 14 months," the lawyer continued.

"Bristol expects to mediate a child visitation schedule with Levi that balances Tripp's need to be with his father with Levi's need to travel and seek work."

Butler fired back, telling E! News: "We are refuting the manner in which they want child support figured.

"But at the same time we're willing to pay. They said they got $4,400 from him over a 14-month period but it was in the last three months. He'd have more to send over if she just keeps her appointments with him."

Hey, Levi, there's always that tell-all about the inner workings of a certain moose-averse vice presidential candidate. Royalties from that sucker would put Tripp through college...and therapy.

—Additional reporting by Whitney English


Levi lets it all hang out in Playgirl. But he's got nothing on E! Online's Big Picture gallery.