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  • Fox411 Exclusive: Jon Gosselin is broke, can't pay legal bills, source says

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    It sounds like money is tight for former reality dad Jon Gosselin.

    Last week, TLC was granted a preliminary injunction that forced Jon to stop making public appearances.  Now a source close to Gosselin tells Fox411.com that the decision was a serious blow to the livelihood of the former “Jon and Kate Plus 8” star.

    “Jon’s in pretty serious financial trouble because his plan for making money was shut down in court,” the insider said. “He has warned his lawyers that he can’t pay them and if he doesn’t succeed against TLC, he will have no funds.  He’s even gone so far as to say that if they want to be paid, they will have to sue him.”

    Those lawyers are part of a father/son team that was introduced to Gosselin by Michael Lohan, says the insider.

    “Mark and Mike Heller were brought in because Michael Lohan was involved, and he convinced them to join Jon’s team early on in the summer,” the source said.  “Lohan wanted to latch onto Jon and involved many people he knew.  He convinced them Jon was going to have a successful career after the show.”

    Mike Heller is the CEO of Talent Resources, which manages Jon Gosselin, and Mark Heller is Jon Gosselin’s New York lawyer.

    But it wasn’t just Michael Lohan, currently having trouble himself,  fueling the enthusiasm around the TV dad. Gosselin also led his lawyers to believe that he had money in his various accounts, said the source.

    Now Gosselin’s bills are stacking up and he needs to get a legitimate job, but the insider says he is making no effort to get one.

    “It’s a good thing Kate Gosselin has been put in charge of the family funds that provide for the couple’s eight children,” the insider says. “She is the responsible parent.”

    Reps for the Hellers deny any problems with Gosselin.

    “Jon Gosselin’s New York lawyer has the highest regard for Jon Gosselin and will continue to work for Jon for as long as he requires their services,” the rep said in a written statement to Fox411.com “The Hellers have no concern relevant to being paid by Jon for their services and see no circumstances under which they would ever sue Jon.”

    “This past year, Jon Gosselin was the most photographed man in America and appeared in more magazines than any other reality TV star,” the statement continues. “Wherever he goes, there is an outpouring of love for him from his fans.  And there is no doubt that he has a bright and shining career ahead of him.”

    - Kelly Will

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