Levi Johnston fights Bristol Palin to make custody battle public -- and wins
And two judges in Alaska have agreed that the fight over son Tripp is best played out in public, one of them ruling, according to the Anchorage Daily News, that Bristol hadn't offered any proof that the child would be harmed by the publicity.
Levi, in his affidavit, called Bristol's mom, former Gov. Sarah Palin, ambitious, powerful and vindictive. "I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin's instinct to attack," he wrote.
"I feel more comfortable in a public courtroom which will help everyone stay civil and be on their best behavior," he said in a statement.
Bristol -- who wanted a gag order and use of pseudonyms in court while she fights for sole custody, along with a visitation schedule for Levi, in a case filed Nov. 4 -- argued that privacy would be in the best interest of the child, and responded to Levi's assertions by saying none of what he said was true.
He said, she said -- in a custody fight? Shock! We're so glad these two never got married.
Bristol said the former VP candidate was not involved in the case "other than as a grandmother" and that Levi, whom she believes will soon be filming a reality TV show in Alaska, wanted things public "for his own self-promotion."
Thomas Van Flein, a lawyer for of Bristol, pointed out that even routine celebrity custody battles typically protect the privacy of the child. He cited the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline and Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger cases.
Levi's lawyer, meanwhile, wrote that his client "feels Sarah Palin, through her lawyer, under the guise of Bristol Palin's name, would run roughshod over his very bones."
Yeah, nothing like the public spotlight to keep people on their best behavior.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Levi Johnston, top, arrives at the US Weekly Fall Hot Hollywood party at the Voyeur Club in West Hollywood on Nov. 18, 2009. Center right, Johnston and Bristol Palin appear at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 3, 2008, back when the grandma-to-be was a VP candidate and the two were supposed to get married. And below, Sarah Palin, with husband Todd, opens her terrifying jaws to attack an innocent woman at a book signing in Colorado on Dec. 3, 2009. Or maybe Palin is just being friendly, laughing and talking? Sorry, Levi, didn't mean to scare you. Credits, from top: Nina Prommer / EPA; Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press; Bryan Oller / Associated Press.
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