Jon Gosselin has been ordered by a Pennsylvania judge to return $180,000 he took from the bank account he shares with Kate Gosselin by October 26. Kate Gosselin is also required to present accounting for $55,000 she took from the account to pay family expenses.
Kate issued this statement, “As difficult as this has been for me, I am pleased that the Court has ruled fairly on behalf of myself and my children. Now that this matter has been ruled on, I look forward to returning to private arbitration, as we have agreed to do, to resolve any remaining issues.”
Jon’s lawyer, Mark Heller told Entertainment Tonight “We’re hopeful. It’s all we can say right now. We’re very hopeful.” Translation: “I’m hopeful that I’ll still get a substantial amount of Jon’s money.”
The Gosselins have already failed at settling their matters privately. When they first announced their divorce, they issued a statement that they would be handling all this away from the public eye, but that lasted five minutes. They’ve both probably made a stack of cash giving interview after nauseating interview, but I don’t really blame them for that. If I had eight kids to feed, clothe, protect from the paparazzi, and sent to therapy I’d be speaking to anyone who gave me a dime. Sometimes you gotta lose your sense of shame and dignity for your kids, and for your cubic zirconia earrings.
As to the matter with the joint bank account, although I’m not sure why they still have one, it seems like this is a matter of Jon’s slimy lawyer whispering in Jonny-boy’s ear to withdraw some cash and get him paid. Even Michael Lohan is concerned about the sleazeball lawyer, and is scheming about how to oust him and represent Jon himself. This is a tough situation, but I’m gonna say that Michael Lohan is probably the better choice here. What Jon Gosselin really need is Daddy Spears.