Former reality television star Jon Gosselin made headlines on Sept. 20, 2013 by firing a shot to scare off a paparazzi who had followed home to snap pictures of his Pennsylvania cabin.
Jon Gosselin may have reached the end of his rope when the photographer trespassed on the grounds of his cabin in the woods. The female photographer followed him home from work to take pictures of the cabin, following reports that Gosselin was working as a waiter and was living in a cabin without internet or television.
TMZ reported the incident, claiming that the photographer was not one of theirs, but they did post pictures of Gosselin taken by the photographer. The gossip news site apparently purchased the rights to the photos, even if the photographer was not officially working for them when they were taken.
Jon admitted to shooting a gun in the air to warn off the intruder, in a statement to TMZ, Gosselin said, "I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun, which I withdrew and used to fire a warning shot AWAY from the paparazza. "It is well within my rights under Pennsylvania law when someone is trespassing on private property."
Jon claims that he was within his rights to have a gun and fire a warning shot. Laws and ordinances vary, so while Jon's actions may have been legal in this case, do not assume that shooting would be acceptable in another state or region.
Jon Gosselin has been out of the limelight for a while, but reappeared this week and did a interview with Entertainment Tonight. Gosselin revealed that he has been waiting on tables and living in a cabin in the woods. He also acknowledged that he has hit bottom about 20 times, but he always gets back up.
Most people assume that cabin means small cabin, but that may or may not be the case. Cabins in the woods come in all sizes, so they can be humble and rustic or large and comfortable. Jon did tell US that his kids have their own bedrooms, so the cabin must be large enough to accommodate the eight children when they visit. At any rate, the photographer was trying to get a picture of the cabin in question when the gun incident occurred.
Jon says he has no regrets and that he has learned from his mistakes. Jon also admitted that he does not pay child support for his eight kids. He had been ordered to pay $14,000 a month, based on his old income, but he has been having trouble finding employment. Kate reportedly released him from his financial obligation. Jon claims that he pays the same expenses that Kate does and maintaining two different residences for the family doubles costs. Whether that is completely true is unknown. In exchange for being released from his monthly obligation, Jon reportedly let Kate have the house they used to own together, worth $1.3 million.
Jon Gosselin and his ex-wife Kate were the stars of the TLC reality program "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which followed their life with twins and sextuplets. The show brought them fame and riches, and the family lived a more comfortable lifestyle than they would have with their respective occupations in computer work and nursing. Jon seemed to want to throw it all away in 2009, when he left Kate to pursue the life of a bachelor and other women.
As a bachelor, Jon spent lavishly on a New York apartment and partying, but his acrimonious split from TLC meant that he had little income. Jon's actions seemed to be immature and poorly thought out, because he trashed the franchise that provided for his family. While many sympathized with Jon because Kate was perceived as verbally abusive on the show, his actions made him easy to dislike.
Kate tried to keep the reality show franchise going with "Kate Plus 8." Initially, Jon tried to block Kate from televising the children, but after some delay the show did go on. "Kate Plus 8" lasted two seasons and was finally cancelled by TLC. Kate is occasionally been seen on other television projects, including a run on "Dancing with the Stars" and "Celebrity Wife Swap."