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  • Fox411 Exclusive: Jon Gosselin on new offensive in PR fight with Kate

    Jon and Hailey pose aboard designer Christian Audigier's boat in Saint Tropez, France on July 11, 2009. (PHOTO: X17Online.com)

    Hailey Glassman is one of the architects of Jon's new PR blitz, said a source close to the drama. (PHOTO: X17Online.com)

    In the past week, Jon Gosselin has returned the thousands of dollars he secretly snuck out of his and wife Kate Gosselin’s bank account, and he has reunited with Kate’s brother and sister-in-law.

    Could Jon be turning over a new leaf and trying to right some past wrongs?

    Not so much.

    SLIDESHOW: Jon and Kate, the reality couple people love to hate.

    It turns out Jon Gosselin is on a major press offensive that’s planned to continue for weeks to come, in which he will try paint soon-to-be-ex Kate as a bad mom, and himself as a hapless victim, Fox411 has learned.

    But for all the behind-the-scenes machinations taking place, it turns out the main player is not even the main man behind the PR strategy, says a source inside the Jon and Kate Gosselin drama.

    The insider tells Fox 411 that Jon is simply doing whatever his “team” recommends. Jon’s backers include girlfriend Hailey Glassman (daughter of Kate’s plastic surgeon), his publicist, lawyers and even Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan. They have convinced Jon that the best strategy going forward is to continue to make Kate look like the controlling woman he thinks she is by constantly calling the paparazzi and speaking to the cameras, says the source.

    PHOTOS: Click for more pics of Jon and Hailey at X17Online.com.

    “His first [priority] was to get the money back to their marital account so he could prove that he was just protecting the assets of his kids,” the insider tells Fox411. “Now that he has forced filming to stop, and TLC is suing him for breach of contract, he’s building up witnesses to back him.”

    “Michael Lohan was key in convincing Jon to shut down the show, and now Jon’s money-making potential is limited,” the source continues. “The people he should be paying, including lawyers, are pretty sure the likelihood of him being able to pay them is low at this point.”

    The group even discussed the weekend reconciliation with Jon and Kate’s brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Kreider. The couple used to be close to the reality parents, but their relationship ended two years ago over a dispute with Kate, says the insider.

    “Kevin and Jodi genuinely seem to love the kids, but it was not Jon’s idea to bring them to the big house this weekend without Kate there. [It was] the team’s,” the source explains. “Once he thought about it, he knew the kids would love it and it would irritate Kate. Jon gave them a call and invitation to get them on his side.”

    Kate’s take? Just another family betrayal she has to deal with.

    “After her brother and his wife went on air to talk about what a bad mother she was and how hurtful the show was for the children, Kate was upset,” the insider says. “She wasn’t surprised that Jon would befriend them again, but she was furious when she learned he invited them to the house. She can’t stop Jon from doing these things to hurt her [though], so she’s learning to let them go.”

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