Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is offering Jon Gosselin spiritual guidence, the reality star says.
Jon Gosselin’s actions haven’t been too kosher lately.
Boteach bills himself as “one of the world’s leading relationship experts and spiritual authorities.” According to his author bio in “The Michael Jackson Tapes,” Newsweek referred to him as “the most famous rabbi in America.” Among his achievements: a National Fatherhood Award. Gosselin could certainly use the help. Since his high profile breakup with his wife in August, the reality star has been slammed for reports of his involvement with other women and extravagant spending sprees. Earlier this month TLC announced he would be cut from the show and that plans were under way for a “Kate Plus 8” series. That show was put on hold after Jon refused to allow his children to be filmed. The network has since filed suit against him for breach of contract. He and his estranged wife also headed to court after she accused him of looting their joint account of more than $200,000. A Pennsylvania judged ordered him to return $180,000. Most recently, Gosselin’s girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, accused him of being “emotionally abusive” and throwing “mantrums” because of his frustrations. Gosselin said in the statement that he regrets having “betrayed the moral principles that have always guided me” and said he is committed to making things right with Kate and his children. He turned to Boteach, he said, because the rabbi has counseled others in similar circumstances. Gosselin said Boteach has made clear to him the “moral obligations inherent in celebrity.” “It is my sincere desire to use the fame I have so unexpectedly acquired to highlight mature, responsible behavior as well as the joys of fatherhood and family,” he said. “I ask the public to please understand the challenges I face in living under constant public scrutiny, even as I am aware that I have at times courted that scrutiny.”