"In my view, it was a mean-spirited act on [TLC's] part."
A TLC representative declined comment when contacted by E! News.
TLC filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Gosselin in October and has accused him of following through on a threat to end Jon & Kate Plus 8 by suddenly claiming it was "detrimental" to his children after the network refused to release him from an exclusivity contract clause that was preventing him from earning "substantial" money by appearing on other television shows.
According to TLC, Gosselin has been committing "numerous breaches" of the exclusivity clause and violating several other provisions of the Jon & Kate Plus 8 contract the family had most recently signed with the network in April 2008.
Heller told E! News that a preliminary hearing on the two lawsuits will be held on December 10 and address the matter of whether Gosselin's contract should be made public and if TLC can legally prevent him from future jobs in television.
"They do not want the public to look at that document and have access to it because I trust they're embarrassed and ashamed of how they took advantage of this family," Heller told E! News.
The lawsuits will go to trial on April 19, according to E! News.
(Photo credit TLC)
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