Levi Johnston says Gov. Sarah Palin's family won't let him see his son

photo credit: AP Photo/CNN Larry King Live - Matthieu Youngphoto credit: AP Photo/CNN Larry King Live - Matthieu YoungWhen Levi Johnston started talking about his relationship with Bristol Palin, his ex-fiancée and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he should have known it would have consequences. But he probably didn't expect the Palin family to prevent him from seeing his 4-month-old son, Tripp, whom he shares with Bristol.

Johnston appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday evening and told King that his relationship with the family turned sour after he appeared on the "Tyra Banks Show" in March. (Johnston told Banks that Gov. Palin allowed him to stay at her home in Bristol's bedroom.)

After appearing on the "Tyra Banks Show," Johnston told King that the Palin family decreased communication with him so he hasn't been able to see his son. He told King,
"I still like the family very much and think we can work things out." When he does see Tripp, it's in the Palin home; he rarely gets to take Tripp out on his own.

When pressed if he would pursue legal action to secure his visitation rights, Johnston said, "...if keeps going like this, I think we're going to have to." Johnston was cagey about admitting that he had hired a lawyer to represent him in the event he has to go to court to see his son.

I thought it was interesting that King really stressed to Johnston that he has paternal rights. Also interesting was when King told Johnston that "the grandmother has very little rights" in this situation. It's as if King wants Johnston to take the Palin's on.

One thing was clear; Johnston wants to be a part of his kid's life.

How much influence do you think Gov. Palin has over her daughter, Bristol, and whether or not she allows Johnston to see their son?