Tripp Johnston Custody Case Open To The Public

Bristol Palin lost an early fight this week in the custody battle over her 1-year-old son Tripp when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that the proceedings will remain open to the public.

While Bristol had hoped to keep the case closed, arguing that it was in the child’s best interest, her ex Levi Johnston petitioned the court not to enforce a gag order.

“I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone’s need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would,” Levi, 19, stated in an affidavit. “But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive… So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin’s instinct to attack.”

Bristol, also 19, dismisses Levi’s claims as being for “his own self-promotion,” insisting, “None of this is true. My mother is not involved in this case.”

Bristol filed for full legal and physical custody of Tripp in November. Levi is seeking joint custody, saying that his ex’s family is blocking his access to his son – a claim that Bristol and her mom Sarah Palin deny.

Filed under: Bristol Palin,Levi Johnston

Photo credit: Bauer Griffin

  • Anonymous

    He’s such a tool. This has nothing to do with his want to provide for his son. He’s just looking at other ways to garner publicity. Pathetic.

  • Sherry

    I think this can work in Bristol & Sarah’s favor. He will show himself to be the idiot he is and it will be in “public” for all to see!

  • Anonymous

    I feel sorry for this little kid. Neither of his parents nor their families are what he deserves. Levi is a tool and Sarah Palin would definitely be vindictive if it helped her career. Bristol will go along with whatever her mother tells her to do. No one actually cares about the child in this case. It’s sad.

    • Anonymous

      that is completely uptrue…the Palins care deeply for Tripp, which is why they try very hard to keep him out of the public eye…unlike Levi who is only in this for publicity. If you knew the family, you would agree with me.

  • lucy

    moderators, please clean this up. things like this make me not want to read this site. people are entitled to their decisions, but this person is being nasty.

    This is specifically listed as what you would not approve: comments which attack or offend the editors, celebrities, or any other commenters

  • Hannah

    I don’t care what Tripp has said in the past he deserves to be apart of his son’s life and Levi deserves the right to know his father.

  • Gedah

    I don’t care what the reason Levi as for a open case….he should be able to see his child…..if he didn’t want to be in the child’s life, then he would be a dead-beat dad to everyone…..seem to me Bristol is the one being selfish and not wanting their son to see his father….no matter what she thinks of him….Levi is still the child’s father.

  • Anonymous

    A child needs his father!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Bristol. If you didn’t want Levi in your life, then you shouldn’t have had a child with him. He is the baby’s father and, unless he’s abusive toward the child, he has the right to see his son. Next time, she should think before she sleeps with someone.

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