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Palin grandson's father in Playgirl

The teenage father of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's grandson is featured on the cover of the upcoming print version of Playgirl magazine - sporting nothing but a sultry gaze.

The photos of Levi Johnston - the 19-year-old former fiance of Palin's daughter - were a huge hit last autumn on the magazine's website.

The publisher expects the same results with other photos from the same shoot running in the newly resurrected print version.

Mr Johnston fathered a son with ex-fiancee Bristol, the 19-year-old daughter of Mrs Palin, who resigned as Alaska's governor last summer. The young couple broke up after the birth of their son, Tripp, in late 2008.

The upcoming Playgirl print spread includes an interview with Mr Johnston, who discussed his strained relationship with the Palins, said Daniel Nardicio, a spokesman for the magazine.

The magazine officially returned to news stands in December with a special that was already planned. Mr Johnston, however, is the first cover in the regular editions to be published quarterly.

Bristol Palin, who is in a child custody battle with Mr Johnston, has called the Playboy shoot "risque" in her legal petition.

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