09/21/2013 at 05:00 PM EDT
Former reality TV star turned waiter Jon Gosselin
reportedly pulled a gun on a photographer in Pennsylvania on Friday.
According to TMZ
, the erstwhile Jon & Kate Plus 8
star got upset when a shutterbug followed him home from his new job
waiting tables at the Black Dog restaurant in Beckersville, Pa.
She allegedly trailed him off the main roads and onto a dirt road as he headed to his isolated country cabin (where he has no Internet or TV), and when she whipped out her camera and started taking pics, Gosselin, 36, angrily approached her and allegedly pulled a gun out of the back of his pants.
The photographer claims the father of eight
yelled at her for trespassing and then fired off a warning shot. He then followed her until she got back on the main road, she says.
Gosselin, meanwhile, acknowledges the incident but insists that he acted well within his rights.
"I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun, which I withdrew and used to fire a warning shot away from the paparazza," he tells TMZ
Gosselin's lawyer declined to comment.
The ex-reality star, who split from wife Kate
in a contentious 2009 divorce, admitted to Entertainment Tonight
Wednesday that he's hit rock bottom "like 20 times" since his divorce, but doesn't regret the way his life has turned out.
"You learn from your mistakes," he said. "That's what builds you to who you are today."