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Kate's Lawyer: Jon Took Over $200,000 From Bank

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People.com: Attorney says estranged dad left only $1,000 in joint account.

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The split between Jon and Kate Gosselin has been contentious from the beginning, but Jon could be found in contempt of court for the unauthorized withdrawal of over $200,000 from the couple's joint bank account, Kate Gosselin's attorney tells PEOPLE.

Celebrity lawyer Marty Singer, a litigation attorney for Kate, tells PEOPLE that Jon never warned Kate he was going to remove the large sum of money from their account last week, even though the court had told them not to take significant amounts from joint accounts without the other's approval. Singer says he e-mailed a stern letter to Jon's attorney on Friday but he hasn't heard back.

"They have not responded. I'm sure he will respond by going on another TV show," says Singer, who noted that Jon's move flies in the face of comments Jon made to Larry King that he'd like to put the brakes on his divorce.

Singer says he expects Kate's family law attorney in Pennsylvania will go to court Monday morning to suggest Jon be held in contempt.

According to Singer, Kate learned about the withdrawal after receiving overdraft notices regarding her joint account with her estranged husband. When she inquired with the bank, she was told Jon had removed $200,000, leaving only about $1,000 in the account.

"Of course she's upset," Singer says.

The banking fiasco caps an intensely bitter week between the couple, during which their TLC series Jon & Kate Plus Eight suspended production. The move followed the network's announcement on Sept. 29 that Jon was being dropped from the show, and him saying he wanted to halt the show because it was damaging to his eight children.

Calls to Jon's lawyer were not returned.

Kate appeared on the "Today" show this morning to discuss the matter. Watch video here:

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous October 5, 2009, 10:14 AM

Cry me a river, Kate. You’re always the victim, aren’t you? Don’t you think you’ve been playing to the media from day one? Your love of money and fame is what brought the family down. When will you ever own up to your wrongdoings?

Jill October 5, 2009, 11:20 AM

Being deceitful about your family’s finances is never right- reality star or not- what Jon did is disgusting.

Jill October 5, 2009, 2:19 PM

It must be nice to have that much money in the bank and get a lot of things for free. I think it’s about they both get a real job. Jon once was the victim of the relationship but he’s just a total jerk now.

Anonymous October 7, 2009, 9:30 PM

Don’t really matter wut lie is comin out his mouth now,bottom line the show was awesome when he was on it “so he THINKS” now that no one wants him on there its gonna be harmful to his children! Guess wut jon you hurt your family more than anything or anyone so GET OVER YOUR CHEATING SELF and grow up!!


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