More details are being revealed about the recent $5 million lawsuitJon Gosselin filed against the TLC network.
According to RadarOnline, Jon claims the reason he refuses to go out and get a regular job is simply because he is too famous. Yes you read that right. In an affidavit filed as part of the lawsuit, Jon states: “Now, I find myself unemployed and without the ability to secure non-entertainment related engagements because the enormous Media interest, cameras, reporters and public interest makes it impossible to carry on normal daily activities, let alone find, secure and maintain a job with an employer who is willing to be exposed to the daily Media intrusions that has impeded by life.”
Other claims made by Jon in the lawsuit include his claims that TLC staged some of the scenes for Jon & Kate Plus 8. Staged scenes for a reality show? Shocking! Jon also claims TLC likes Kate more then they like him. He states the network enforced the contract, “strictly and harshly towards me, while leniently, if at all, applying them towards my wife.”
In other news, the National Enquirer also published a story claiming Jon has a sex tape floating around. Stephanie Santoro, Jon’s former babysitter with whom he slept with, said the following — “Tom told me that Jon was secretly videotaped having sex with a woman in Los Angeles in October, and he’s seen the tape!” The Tom she is referring to is Thomas Meinelt, Jon’s former bodyguard.
Jon’s reps have however denied the story about the sex tape.
We reported yesterday of Jon Gosselin’s plans to countersue TLC. Details of that lawsuit have now been uncovered.
According to RadarOnline, Jon’s lawyers have layed out some startling accusations against the TLC network. Jon reveals that he and Kate made just $2000 per episode back when their show began, he also accuses TLC of violating child labor laws, and owing him $175,000.
His lawyers argue that TLC violated Pennsylvania child labor laws by failing to obtain proper permits allowing their eight children to be filmed for Jon and Kate Plus 8. Though he and Kate were obligated by contract to obtain those permits themselves (versus the network), his attorneys are adamant that this was TLC’s attempt to “circumvent the laws.”
Jon’s lawyers also argue that the restrictions of TLC’s contract is preventing him from earning money as a celebrity. “Mr. Gosselin will be unable to earn a living as a television personality, and therefore be precluded from supporting his eight children,” the papers claim.
Other revelations in the court documents are that Jon & Kate negotiated their first TV contract back in 2005 without the presence of a lawyer or manager, and that TLC took “advantage of Mr. Gosselin’s inexperience and lack of sophistication.” According to the papers, the family earned $2000 per episode back in 2005, compared to the reported $75,000 per-episode rate in 2009.
His lawyers also argue that TLC’s restrictions were too strict, to the point that Jon wasn’t allowed to take photographs at home, preventing him from recording “his own family moments and hallmark events in his family’s life.”
Jon is countersuing TLC for $5 million.
TELL US: DOES JON WAGE A GOOD DEFENSE TO TLC’S LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM? DOES HE STAND A CHANCE?
In a new interview with PopEater, theJon & Kate Plus 8 dad says that everything will remain the same for his eight children despite his problems with Kate, so that “they have the sense of security with everything that’s going on.”
Jon, 32, says he doesn’t expect any showdowns with Kate, 34, adding that they both plan to stick to tradition. The kids “do the stockings early Christmas morning,” he says. “Kate makes sticky buns. We keep it all the same. Nothing has changed. That way they have the sense of security with everything that’s going on.”
He adds, “This year, there’s a lot of paparazzi, so who knows? Every year it’s different.”
In other news, Jon filmed a ‘funny’ video for the website – funnyordie.com. Jon spoofs himself by poking fun at his Ed Hardy, club-going ways, vowing to go back to his “righteous” roots. “For the past few months, I’ve been looking back and thinking, ‘Man, this is not me…'” Jon says in the video. “I just want to go back to the normal, simple life like I used to have.”
Jon Gosselin is planning to countersue TLC for $5 million, reports RadarOnline. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad, who happens to be the defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit from the cable network, will file his own lawsuit.
Jon is expected to appear in a Maryland court on December 14 to face a preliminary injunction hearing, during which he will be forced to testify about his earnings and income from other networks. TLC’s lawsuit against Jon alleges that he has been paid by various media outlets and for promotional appearances, all prohibited by his contract.
It seems Jon and his team of handlers have now decided the best defense is an offense. According to Radar, Jon will likely argue that TLC is preventing him from earning a living with a contract that is too restrictive. TLC however noted in its court filing that it offered to keep paying Jon when it planned to change the show from Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Kate Plus 8. The suit also notes that TLC is not stopping Jon from earning a living and contends he is always able to go back to his former job in Information Technology.
This story gets more interesting by the day. Jon’s ex, Kate Major, the Star magazine reporter who quit her job to be with Jon has also been subpoenaed to testify against him.
In what is a new low even for Jon Gosselin’s standards, comes news that he is set to appear on a panel with fellow attention whore famous for nothing star, Levi Johnston.
The Jon & Kate Plus 8dad, and Levi, 19, are set to appear together on a panel for the syndicated entertainment show The Insider. The above photo was taken as the two “accidentally” bumped into each other in NYC’s Times Square Sunday night.
Kate Gosselinhas slammed all of Jon’s recent antics, recently saying, “Our goals just very much changed. Our visions changed. My goals didn’t change as a mom. I just think somewhere along the line, his goals changed. They felt possibly detrimental to me, and possibly detrimental to me and the kids.”
For those not familiar with Levi, he is the father of Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandchild. Sarah Palin has also slammed Levi recently, saying Levi has a “desperate need for attention” due to his recent decision to pose in Playgirl (his shoot takes place next week).
UsWeekly is also reporting that Levi will be filing for joint custody of his 10-month-old son with former fiancee Brisol Palin. Levi has claimed in the past that the Palin family has prevented him from being alone with son Tripp. “Not working. I’m done,” he tells The Insider. “It’s going to have to go to court. They just finally pushed me over the edge.”
Sorry folks, but it’s a slow news day. It’s quite sad though that Jon has turned himself into a laughing stock. He seems to keep hitting new lows each day.
RadarOnline obtained information from the Montgomery County, MD which reveals TLC’s lawsuit against Jon. The court paper reveals many of the terms of Jon’s contract with the network, and details showing numerous breaches by Jon. And though Jon claims that he didn’t have adequate representation, the court reports clearly states that Jon signed the contract in June, 2008 “after extensive negotiations, during which the Gosselins were represented both by an attorney and their manager.”
Radar is also confirming that Michael Lohan has been subpoenaed and will testify against Jon. “He did deals with me,” Lohan told RadarOnline in an exclusive interview. “I was working on a deal with him for a Nutrisystem endorsement and a book deal. He got a paid a lot of money for different promotions, clubs, magazines, and by a TV network.”
What’s sad about this story is that it seems TLC was willing to look the other way regarding Jon’s deals with other companies, but that wasn’t good enough for Jon. It wasn’t until he decided to ban the network from filming his children, that TLC then decided to take action against him, hiring one of the best law firms in the country. It’s safe to say Jon has screwed himself with this situation.
The drama in Jon Gosselin’s life doesn’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon, instead it worsens by the day. Several of Jon’s close associates including Hailey Glassman may be used as witnesses against Jon in TLC’s lawsuit against him, reports RadarOnline. Since these people will be under oath, there is no telling the type of information that will be revealed against Jon.
TLC alleges that the Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad breached his exclusive contract with them by giving paid interviews to other networks and selling photos of himself to tabloids. Their lawyers have gotten off to a fast start in determining Jon’s other sources of income. The law firm has a reputation for being fierce and has been very busy since TLC filed the suit in October.
According toRadarOnline, on November 4 the court granted several motions filed by the law firm, allowing them to depose Hailey, Jon’s bodyguard Thomas Meinelt, Michael Heller, Mark Heller, Michael Lohan and Matthew Kirschner.
Since TLC’s attorneys have been granted the right to depose the Hellers (Jon’s previous lawyers), they most likely will not be allowed to represent Jon in the case, as they are now witnesses. All parties involved will be asked to divulge information that could possibly hurt Jon in the suit. The Hellers will certainly be asked about every non-TLC pay that Jon has received and Hailey will also be forced to reveal what she knows.
Radar is also reporting that a date has been set for TLC’s case against Jon. He is required to appear December 14 in a Maryland courtroom when a judge will hear TLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction. It is likely he will be questioned under oath about his income on this date.
In other news, Jon has now decided to take on yoga to help reduce the self induced stress in his life. And paparazzi just happened to snap a photo of him practicing his yoga. Wondering how much he got paid to sell this photo of himself. The photo is below —
Jon Gosselin and his on/off/pseudo girlfriend Hailey Glassman, continue their attention whoring ways in their latest interview with Entertainment Tonight.
We reported yesterday that Jon stormed off the set of the interview during an argument between he and Hailey, well today comes news that the two also clashed over thanksgiving dinner during the interview. Hailey also reveals the Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad will be spending Thanksgiving with she and her family, and not with his 8 kids.
“My family and I would never let him eat Thanksgiving dinner alone in an apartment,” says Hailey, even though it seems as though the two are breaking up on camera. “He’s coming to our house for Thanksgiving. I don’t care.” Jon adds, “I still planned on going to her house on Thanksgiving; that was on my schedule,” raising the eyebrows of Hailey.
Hailey isn’t thrilled with his answer. “On your schedule? What do you mean, ‘On my schedule?'” she asks. “Let’s see, Kate has the kids, and she’s having a nice huge meal with Steve and his family. Uh, let’s see, should I go to Hailey’s or should I sit in my apartment all alone?”
“Sorry, I used the wrong term,” says Jon. “I plan on going — I made a promise to her family I would go to her house.”
“Made a promise? You’re not doing my family any favors!” replies Hailey. “We know what the right thing to do is. We know what we both need,” she continues. “He needs to do his thing and I need to do my thing. We both know this.”
Pretty certain I just lost a few brain cells reading the above conversation between these two. It’s safe to say these two are being paid a nice amount to air out their dirty laundry.