Jon Gosselin has been deposed by lawyers representing TLC, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
The deposition secretly took place within the past two weeks and it did not go well for Jon, sources tell RadarOnline.com.
As a result of the deposition, and the other evidence against Jon, the case will settle before its April trial date, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Settlement talks will begin officially within two weeks, RadarOnline.com has learned.
TLC won a preliminary injunction against its former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star last year, forcing him to live up to the terms of his network contract. And despite his lawyers’ public posturing, Jon now knows he can’t win a trial and wants out.
“Jon, and his family, has been hurt badly in terms of money he has had to spend,” another source told RadarOnline.com. “A trial will be very, very expensive for him.”
But a settlement does not mean that Jon & Kate Plus 8 will return to the air. Jon has offered to allow TLC to start filming his children again, but the network doesn’t trust him.
“For TLC this lawsuit wasn’t about getting the show back on the air,” a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com. “And they don’t want it to appear that it was.”
The network sued Jon for breach of contract because he was making -- and being paid for -- unauthorized appearances that TLC believed was bringing it negative publicity. He was also giving numerous interviews and slamming the network. When TLC decided to rename the show Kate Plus 8, Jon said the network could no longer film his children.
That forced Jon & Kate Plus 8 off the air. TLC is working on a new project with Kate.
Jon wants a paycheck again, whether it’s from TLC or other projects. And he doesn’t want the huge expense of fighting TLC’s law firm, Williams & Connolly.