Cable network TLC sues reality star Jon Gosselin

Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:28pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cable television network TLC on Friday sued Jon Gosselin, the father of eight who stars in the channel's reality show "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," accusing him of violating his contract by appearing on other programs.

TLC's lawsuit filed in Maryland, where the company is based, is the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute between the cable network and Jon Gosselin, who since splitting from his wife, Kate, in June, has sought to put the brakes on the program starring his family.

"The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements," TLC said in a statement.

"Those efforts have been unsuccessful," TLC said.

TLC's lawsuit accuses Jon Gosselin of violating his contract by taking money to appear on celebrity news programs "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," where he talked about problems with his estranged wife and his family.

Jon Gosselin was under a contractual agreement not to talk about the show to the media without TLC's permission, but he violated that by making "false and disparaging statements about TLC and Mrs. Gosselin," the lawsuit states.

Jon Gosselin said in a TV interview last month that he despised his estranged wife, and he later told CNN interviewer Larry King that TLC paid his family $22,500 an episode.

TLC said in the lawsuit that the network, which is a division of Discovery Communications Inc, tried to work with Jon Gosselin about his media appearances, but did not give him blanket approval to speak about the show.   Continued...