TLC Network Says It Is Suing Jon Gosselin
First Published: October 16, 2009 11:54 AM EDT Credit: Getty Premium
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The TLC network says it’s suing Jon Gosselin for breaching his contract as star of the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Maryland, alleges that Gosselin hasn’t met the obligations of his contract as an exclusive employee, has appeared on other programs for pay and made unauthorized disclosures about the show.
In a statement to Access Hollywood, Gosselin’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, responded to the allegations, calling the suit a “baseless action.”
“Neither Jon nor I have been served with legal pleadings or informed by TLC of the instant litigation,” he said in the statement on Friday afternoon. “It would appear Discovery and TLC chose to pander and publicize their weak, feeble and baseless claim to the media rather than providing the Defendant with appropriate notice through the traditional judicial process.”
Heller further called Jon’s contract with the network “against Public Policy” and “grossly overreaching and restrictive.”
Gosselin has starred for two years in “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” which has been consumed in recent months by marital turmoil as Gosselin and his wife, Kate, feuded, then filed for divorce. The couple are the parents of young twins and sextuplets.
Recently, TLC announced the show would be renamed “Kate Plus Eight,” with a reduced presence by Jon Gosselin. A TLC spokeswoman, Laurie Goldberg, has said the show’s longtime future remains in question.