The burden of fame apparently weighs heavily on Jon Gosselin, according to new court papers obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
While battling TLC in a breach of contract lawsuit, Jon says the reason he can’t simply go out and get a regular job is because he’s too famous!
In an affidavit filed as part of the lawsuit and obtained only by RadarOnline.com, 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.”
Jon also states that TLC staged scenes for Jon & Kate Plus 8. “Plaintiff through its representatives and agents organize activities for me and my children, rehearsed and staged scenes, directed our actions and suggested dialogue, words, responses and conduct,” he wrote in the affidavit, which is working its way through the Montgomery County, MD Circuit Court.
Another headline-worthy charge from Jon is that TLC likes Kate more than it likes him! He states the network enforced the contract, “strictly and harshly towards me, while leniently, if at all, applying them towards my wife. The Plaintiff has promoted and even facilitated opportunities and appearances for my wife, yet attempts to restrain and enjoin me from making a living for my family.”
Jon forced the show into hiatus when he denied TLC permission to film his kids, saying the show was harmful to them. This reversed his earlier position that the show was great for the kids!
Mark Heller also supplied an affidavit for the court file and while he claims that Jon’s contract with TLC is null and void he also says that Jon didn’t breach the contract with his various non-approved media appearances. Heller says Jon was required only to give notice of interviews and that Heller gave TLC advance notice.
As RadarOnline.com reported exclusively, Jon has filed a $5 million countersuit against TLC and claims the network is preventing him from earning a living as an “on-camera personality.”
Heller is representing Jon, along with Maryland lawyer Christopher Hostage. TLC is seeking a preliminary injunction against Jon on Dec. 14, and Jon is expected to be questioned under oath by Paul Gaffney, the lead attorney on the case for Williams & Connolly, the powerhouse law firm representing the plaintiff’s. Gaffney has already scheduled depositions for several of Jon’s inner circle before the court date.
All of the paperwork in the case, which is available only on RadarOnline.com, indicates Jon’s main argument is his contract should be void because it is against Public Policy. He and his lawyers argue that Jon was “unsophisticated” and didn’t understand the first contract he signed with TLC and that Jon and Kate were not represented by a lawyer or manager at the time. The contract has been renegotiated several times, and Jon and Kate did have legal representation, but his team is attempting to dodge that by claiming TLC wouldn’t allow the Gosselins to renegotiate certain restrictive provisions.
Team Jon also contends that TLC violated Pennsylvania child labor laws, cut Jon off from the media, took advantage of his children and owes him $175,000.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE COURT CASE: Jon & Kate were paid $2,000 per episode when the show began…By 2008 Jon was earning $22,500 per half hour episode and $45,000 for an hour episode… In his affidavit Jon says he thought he was allowed to make (paid) media appearances that TLC is now complaining about… a video clip of Kate denying water to the kids is referenced several times in the court file by Jon’s reps… The Gosselins’ contract could prohibit their kids from academic, athletic or religious pursuits, Jon’s lawyers contend… Jon’s lawyer do not address the fact that TLC was still going to pay Jon his full salary when they decided to change the show to Kate Plus 8, a huge hole in their legal argument that is likely to be exploited by the other side.