Jon Gosselin a No-Show for TLC Court Showdown

Celebrity News Dec. 10, 2009 AT 1:48PM
Jon Gosselin a No-Show for TLC Court Showdown Credit: James Devaney/

Jon Gosselin, former star of TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8, was a no-show Thursday for a hearing in his legal fight with the network.

Though Gosselin's attorney, Mark Heller, previously said the reality dad, 32, would attend, the hearing in Maryland started without him.

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The judge said Gosselin's lawyers don't plan to call witnesses.

TLC wants the judge to stop Gosselin from making paid and unpaid media appearances because it violates a exclusive contract he has with the network.

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Gosselin says he has a right to earn a living as a media personality.

His lawyer says he will "vigorously defend against" TLC's "baseless action."

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Gosselin -- who is in the midst of divorcing wife of 10 years, Kate, 34 -- is also countersuing TLC, claiming it violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws in filming his eight children.

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