Jon — the newly released home video of you high as a kite that appeared online today is a cruel and unusual punishment for your kids.
The home video starring you and ex-girlfriend Hailey Glassman sounding like babbling fools, hanging out on the balcony of some highly luxurious hotel in St. Tropez, France, last summer makes it clear that the welfare of your eight precious Gosselettes is the last thing on your mind.
The source quoted in the RadarOnline.com piece that accompanied the video claims that the cigarettes you are smoking in the video are actually “spliffs” — cigarettes which mix marijuana and tobacco — and that you were also drunk on champagne.
Honestly, Jon, being stoned is truly the only explanation for the inanity of your comments: “We’re munching on Pringles here in beautiful St. Tropez, eating quality food because every time we eat, we either get swollen boobs or I [expletive] myself,” you grossly complain. Hailey giggles like a hyena throughout the tape, while she reaches under her shirt and feels her own chest. “Police think I’m smuggling drugs under my bra,” she giggles and giggles.
If all of this wasn’t embarrassing enough for 9-year-old twins Cara and Madelyn and 6-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel to have their friends see (and yes, their friends will see it, Jon) your final piece de resistance was sticking your cigarette up your nose!
Jon, talk about a gigglefest! Your poor little Gosselettes’ friends will really have a field day with that little stoner trick!
And I can tell you who WON’T be laughing after watching this video, Jon — and that’s your ex-wife, Kate!
I’m sure that not only did it make her feel sick in the pit of her stomach, but I bet it prompted her to put her attorney on speed dial.
“Kate can take that tape to a judge and judges are very liberal [about acting] when it comes to potential drug use by a parent. She could ask for Jon to be tested for drugs randomly, and she could get it,” says renowned NYC divorce attorney Raoul Felder. ”What if he’s stoned and driving with the kids in the car?” he adds. “Judges will want to protect the kids. If I were a judge, I’d order random drug testing.”
Kate’s other legal option could be to ask for supervised visitation, adds NYC family law attorney Paul Catsandonis. Drug use by a parent is very serious: “If he’s wasted and leaves them unattended, it’s almost criminal behavior,” Paul says.
But here’s the thing, Jon — aside from the risk that you could be ordered to undergo random drug testing and/or have supervised visitation with your kids, how do you think this videotape will make your precious little ones feel?
Embarrassed. Confused. Ashamed. Hoping that their friends don’t see it! “They won’t say that daddy’s a fool, but it will be a concern that daddy looks like a fool,” explains family therapist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, host of VH1′s Dad Camp. “This will get talked about and it will hurt them.”
Dr. Gardere says Jon is being a “naughty, naughty dad” and Jon, I’d actually have stronger words for you… but I’ll restrain myself.
But I have to say — if the release of this disturbing videotape isn’t enough to finally shock you into adulthood and responsible parenthood, then the time you deserve to spend with your kids is in supervised visits!
— Bonnie Fuller
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