updated 09/21/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/21/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
Former reality TV star turned waiter Jon Gosselin reportedly pulled a gun on a photographer in Pennsylvania on Friday.
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.”