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If Jon Gosselin was on the naughty list this year, a lump of coal really would have sufficed.
The former reality dad's fun-filled holiday weekend was cut short after he returned home Saturday to find his New York City apartment vandalized. "Jon Gosselin called me this afternoon on the occasion when he entered his apartment in Manhattan and was horrified, disheartened and saddened to observe the devastation of his furniture, clothing and personal belongings, which were apparently slashed with a butcher knife by a very troubled and sick perpetrator," his attorney, Mark Jay Heller, tells E! News.
Gosselin is not taking the break-in lightly. Heller tells us the New York City Police Department investigated the ransacking, collecting fingerprints and a handwritten note that had been "affixed to Jon's bedroom dresser by a butcher knife."
And Gosselin and his representation have big plans for the author of the nasty note.
"The note will be forensically analyzed by a handwriting expert," says Heller. "At this time, I will not release the contents of the note or the signatory; however, both Jon and I have determined that the perpetrator must be vigorously prosecuted on felony charges."
The NYPD confirms the claims, explaining that they have investigated a complaint of criminal mischief, which is defined as any kind of damage to property, but have no suspects at this time.
In addition to an irreplaceable 100-year-old Ming vase, Gosselin's clothing, sheets, luggage and furniture were found slashed throughout the apartment. However, Heller explains that it's the emotional aftermath impacting the former TLC star the most.
"The greatest damage from this vicious, mean-spirited and heartless crime was perpetrated not on Jon's property and possessions, but on Jon Gosselin himself, who experienced a traumatic, emotional, roller coaster ride having just shared a joyful family gathering with his children." Continues Heller, Gosselin "was devastated by such a cruel and cold-blooded act that was apparently intended to cut to his heart."
Hurt feelings aside, Gosselin reported multiple objects missing from his dwelling as well, including a television, Nintendo Wii, CD player and several kitchen appliances.
Are there any ex-ladyloves out there who feel the need to start the New Year with a clean conscience?
(Originally published Dec. 26, 2009, at 4:57 p.m. PT)
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