Wednesday, December 9, 2009

TLC Wins In Court Against Jon Gosselin, Kate's Serving, Are You Buying? Hailey vs. Jon

TLC Wins In Court Against Jon Gosselin:

A judge granted TLC's request for a preliminary injunction against Jon Gosselin late Thursday following a day of testimony in a Maryland court room, and's Sarah Park was there when Judge Michael D. Mason made his decision. The ruling means that Jon must abide by the exclusivity and confidentiality agreement in his contract, putting an end to his unapproved and paid interviews with various outlets. It will also prohibit him from continuing to pursue competing TV deals.

The action took place in Montgomery County Circuit Court TLC will continue to litigate its breach of contract lawsuit against its rogue one-time star. A trial date for that action has been set for April, 2010. In a side note, has learned exclusively that Jon's lawyer Mark Heller was denied permission by the judge to sit at the table with defense counsel Thursday. Heller is not licensed to practice in Maryland and did not apply for special permission to practice in this case. He was relegated to sitting in the audience.

After the judge's ruling, TLC released this statement: "We are pleased with the Court's ruling today. The Court has validated our view that Mr. Gosselin has a valid, binding contract and that he has breached it repeatedly. Step one -- getting the court to order Mr. Gosselin to comply with his contractual obligations -- has been accomplished. Any further breaches going forward will be violations of a court order. We look forward to the next phase of the litigation, which is to pursue our claim for damages resulting from Mr. Gosselin's numerous breaches."

Jon was not present for the proceedings at the Maryland Circuit Court. He had been expected to be questioned under oath regarding his outside income, statements about TLC and more.
TLC's attorney, Paul Gaffney, a partner in the firm of Williams & Connolly, methodically and emphatically made his case, eliciting testimony that left no doubt Gosselin had breached his contract. The judge's decision proved that Gaffney and TLC met every requirement for the injunction, a ruling that will drastically change Jon's life and silence his paid extra-curricular activities that TLC claimed caused them great harm. TLC Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin testified that Gosselin's behavior was embarrassing for the network and the show, pointing to an August appearance he made in Las Vegas at a pool party. "It made the show look bad," Sabin said of Jon & Kate Plus 8. "Photos of Jon Gosselin with scores of bikini-clad women was inconsistent with our image brand of our show."

Jon's lawyer Peter Toumbekis said in his closing argument that the 32-year old's lifestyle had not done any "irreparable harm" and pointed to the fact that since the controversy surrounding the Gosselin's marriage surfaced, the show's ratings went "through the roof!" Toumbekis also brought up the Pennsylvania Labor Department's ongoing investigation regarding the show's contract in the context of the children, alleging the network purposefully circumvented child labors laws and neglected to justly compensate the eight kids. But the judge wasn't buying the argument. And the granting of the preliminary injunction is partially based on a belief that TLC is likely to prevail at trial.

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Kate Gosselin Serves Food For New Reality Show? JUST JARED.COM

Kate Gosselin no longer has Jon & Kate Plus 8 but may have a new show in the works. News station WRAL cameras captured the 34-year-old reality TV mom serving food for over three hours at Finch’s Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday morning (December 8). Kate’s longtime bodyguard, Steve Neild, said Kate was shooting a “test” segment for a future program. No word on whether Kate’s twins and sextuplets will be involved in the show. You can bet Jon won’t be starring in it!

Hailey Glassman Gives Deposition, Says “Jon Is A Monster” , But I Still Live With Him:

Jon Gosselin’s embattled girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, was deposed on Monday by lawyers for TLC and got a painful surprise – confirmation that her boyfriend cheated on her.
In an exclusive interview with after the deposition Glassman had only harsh words for Jon and called him “a monster.” She was the third witness deposed by TLC in their breach of contract lawsuit against the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star.

Glassman, 22, blasted Jon and said: “He became a monster. He’s master manipulator and a compulsive liar.” After sticking with him faithfully for eight months, Glassman got definitive proof Monday that Jon cheated on her — with former Star reporter Kate Major. “I was told under oath that Jon really did sleep with Kate Major,” a teary-eyed Glassman told “I’m mind boggled and hurt by it. And he still lies to me about it and denies it to this day. “Back in June, Jon came to me and said he had a friend who felt horrible for me and wanted to do a ‘defending Hailey’ article,” she explained. “I think back now and say to myself, ‘Hailey, you should have been smarter.’ I mean they told me, ‘Kate Major is going to pretend to be Jon’s girlfriend so they can take the heat off of you’, and I was like, ‘great! Ok, thank you!’”
But photos of Major and Jon together made her feel the “ultimate betrayal.” Jon’s legal team did not have a lawyer present at today’s deposition, an unusual move.

Hailey says she told TLC’s Lawyers that she never discussed business deals with Jon and that she was shocked to read reports that she was in on several money making ventures with the reality dad. “Anyone with a brain can guess that he did stuff outside his contract,” she admits. “He couldn’t do anything without TLC’s approval, we all know that. But he didn’t discuss business deals with me.” The one deal Hailey did do was an interview with a major entertainment television show after she was approached with an offer by Michael Heller. “Michael Heller came to me to do the interview and I said that the only way I would do it was if I could be honest and bare my soul. So we did the interview. Then when the check came, Michael wouldn’t give it to me because he said that Jon owed his father [Mark Heller] money and he wanted me to sign my check over to Jon. It was the most ridiculous thing in the world. To this day, Mike Heller has my check from October.”

Saying Goodbye To The Original Home:

Finally some good news for Jon and Kate Gosselin – it appears the couple has finally sold their original Pennsylvania home for around $300,000, Radar has learned.
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 reality couple had been trying to sell the 5 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Elizabethtown, Pa, since March 2009.

A spokesman from local realtors Brownstone
Real Estate confirmed to that the property was off the market and under contract – if everything proceeds then the deal should go through in the next four to six weeks.The embattled couple – who are currently going through a messy divorce – bought the property for $280,000 in 2006. On season four, of Jon & Kate Plus Eight an episode showed contractors getting the house in tip-top shape – including removing lighting that had been installed for filming purposes – before it went up for sale. The home is in a suburban neighborhood where the houses are built fairly close together on approx. 1/3-acre lots.
It's a family-friendly area where kids ride bikes, skateboard and play outside when the weather is warm. But it wasn't always a peaceful place for the family of 10 - former neighbors say that curious fans often drove by the Gosselin's house to gawk. Last fall, the Gosselins moved into a $1.1 million, 6,000-square-foot home in Wernersville, Pa. The closing for the 5-bedroom, 5.5 bath home was on Oct. 23, 2008, records show. Unlike their old house, the family now has plenty of privacy - the nearly 24-acre property is fenced in and has a metal gate at the end of the driveway, about a half mile from the front door. The couple is still to decide what to do with their current home once their divorce is finalized.