Jon Gosselin fired a warning shot at a female photographer after she followed him home Friday, but the former reality star said that it was in self-defense.
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 star said the photographer followed him to his home that is “well off of the public roads” and “protected from public access and public view.” Gosselin, who was seen waiting tables at Black Dog restaurant in Beckersville, Pennsylvania, has been living in a cabin in the woods with no TV or Internet.
The 36-year-old said that as the photographer tried to take pictures of the cabin, she entered his property. He shouted at her and pulled a gun from the back of his pants.
“I informed the paparazza that she was trespassing on my private property and instructed her to leave,” Gosselin told Us Weekly. “The paparazza refused to leave and continued harassing me and invading my privacy by trying to take pictures of me and my home.”
Gosselin said that he was well within his rights to fire at the photographer.
“I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun, which I then withdrew and used to fire a warning shot away from the paparazza, which is well within my rights under Pennsylvania law when someone is trespassing on private property,” he said.
“At this time I have not made a decision on whether I will press trespassing charges against the paparazza, however, I do encourage her and other would-be paparazzi to contact local Pennsylvania law enforcement so they are informed about the a landowner’s legal rights to protect their families, their property, and themselves against trespassers.”
The photographer, whose name hasn’t been released, said she took off after Jon Gosselin fired at her, but that he followed her until she got back on the main road. She told TMZ that she planned to file a police report. However, if she pressed charges, police could have charged her with criminal trespass. She instead asked police to make a note in their file that Gosselin fired a shot into the air.
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