The father of Sarah Palin’s grandchild said the former Republican vice-presidential candidate wanted to adopt the baby so people would not know her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant.
In an interview with 'Vanity Fair', Levi Johnston said Mrs Palin had a plan to deal with daughter Bristol’s pregnancy.
“Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging – she wouldn’t give it up. She would say, ’So, are you gonna let me adopt him?’ We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby,” Mr Johnston said.
“I think Sarah wanted to make Bristol look good, and she didn’t want people to know that her 17-year-old daughter was going to have a kid.”
Mr Johnston spoke to the magazine for its October edition, which goes on sale in the US on Saturday. Excerpts of the interview were posted on the magazine’s website last night.
Meghan Stapleton, Mrs Palin’s spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to request for comment, but has previously discounted Mr Johnston’s allegations.
Outspoken Mrs Palin has been keeping a low profile since she resigned as Alaska’s governor on July 26 with more than a year left in her first term. She is said to be writing her memoirs.
A week after Republican presidential candidate John McCain named Mrs Palin as his running mate, the campaign issued a statement that her unwed daughter was pregnant. It also said Bristol, now 18, and the young man would marry.
Mr Johnston, 19, lived in the house for two months awaiting the birth of his son Tripp, who was born in December. The couple called off the wedding shortly after the birth.
Since then, Mr Johnston has complained in national interviews that the Palins limited his access to the boy. He is also said he is pursuing a career as an actor or model.
Mr Johnston said the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska, was not what most people would think.