Jon Gos­selin, TLC Net­work reach set­tle­ment in breach of con­tract law­suit

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — TLC has set­tled a breach of con­tract law­suit against re­al­ity TV star Jon Gos­selin, the net­work said Wed­nes­day.

TLC sued Gos­selin in Oc­to­ber, claim­ing he failed to meet his obli­ga­tions as an exclusive em­ployee of the net­work while ap­pear­ing on ri­val net­works’ pro­grams for pay and mak­ing unau­tho­rized pub­lic dis­clo­sures about the show.

Gos­selin filed a coun­ter­suit claim­ing TLC vi­o­lated Penn­syl­va­nia’s child labour laws in film­ing Jon & Kate Plus 8. The show fol­lowed Gos­selin, his wife, Kate, and their eight chil­dren — twins and sex­tu­plets — at their home in Wern­ersville, Pa. They be­came tabloid fix­tures when their mar­riage dis­solved, and the show ended last year.

TLC spokes­woman Lau­rie Gold­berg said Wed­nes­day that all terms of the set­tle­ment are con­fi­den­tial and the net­work will take steps to con­clude lit­i­ga­tion.

The orig­i­nal suit was filed in Mont­gomery County, Md., in Oc­to­ber. It sought un­spec­i­fied com­pen­satory dam­ages and de­manded Gos­selin re­turn in­come gained as a re­sult of his al­leged breaches of the agree­ment and re­frain from fu­ture vi­o­la­tions. In the coun­ter­suit, Gos­selin sought more than $5 mil­lion in dam­ages.

Mark Jay Heller, Gos­selin’s at­tor­ney, said the set­tle­ment was filed Wed­nes­day and Gos­selin did not ap­pear in court. He said Gos­selin is hope­ful that the net­work will move for­ward with the “ best in­ter­ests” of the fam­ily.

“Jon has ex­pressed his de­sire to close the lit­i­ga­tion chap­ter of Jon & Kate Plus 8, he said. ”Some­times lit­i­gants that kiss and make up find their re­la­tion­ship is much bet­ter the sec­ond time around. As Jon’s at­tor­ney, I truly hope this new ad­ven­ture for TLC and the Gos­selins is a much more joy­ful jour­ney.“

Heller did not dis­close de­tails of the agree­ment and would not say whether Gos­selin would be al­lowed to ap­pear again on the net­work. Asked whether the coun­ter­suit is still on­go­ing, he said: “All lit­i­ga­tion has come to an end.”

Gold­berg said the whole Gos­selin fam­ily re­mains un­der con­tract with the net­work.

“ We have an­nounced that we’re work­ing on a show with Kate,” she said. “ That’s all that’s in the works at this time.”

TLC is owned by Sil­ver Spring, Md.-based Dis­cov­ery Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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