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Ex-boyfriend admits Palin lies

The former boyfriend of Sarah Palin's daughter has admitted telling lies about the Republican vice presidential candidate and her family.

Levi Johnston, 20, tells People magazine in an online story that since his untrue statements were made in public: "I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologise".

It was unclear which statements he was referring to and Johnston could not immediately be reached for comment.

Johnston tells People he was "a little angry" after breaking up with his former fiance, 19-year-old Bristol Palin, after their son's birth in December 2008.

He says that against his better judgment, he said things about the Palins that "were not completely true".

Johnston says he has also apologised privately to ex Alaska governor Mrs Palin and her husband Todd.

Sarah Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, said she was unreachable for comment because she was in Bristol Bay involved in her family's commercial fishing business.

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