Kate Gosselin files a lawsuit against her former husband Jon Gosselin and his friend, tabloid writer Robert Hoffman who wrote a book about her "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World". The mother of sixtuplets and twins accuses them of wiretapping, computer hacking, identity theft and invasion of privacy.
In the legal documents filed Monday, August 26 in the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania, Kate alleges they conspired to hack into her phone and computer to find dirt for the tell-all book. She claims her ex stole her hard drive to illegally access her bank accounts & email and then he handed the contents to his writer friend.
The book contains some unflattering tidbits about the former TLC reality TV starlet including her parenting. In the book, she is said repeatedly using a wooden spoon for spanking to discipline her children physically. The book has been pulled from the market after two days, but Kate says "the damage was done."
Kate and Jon once starred on TLC's show "Jon & Kate plus 8" which documented their life with their eight children. The show subsequently ended after they separated in 2009 and later divorced. After their TV glory, she runs a coupon website.
News of the alleged hacking was first reported by anti-bullying site BullyVille which obtained a series of text messages sent in 2009 from a number reportedly confirmed to be Jon's. "I'll be back soon grabbing Kate's computer before she gets home," one text read. "No one will know," another read. "Rob is going to say he took it from our garbage."
Robert did claim that he obtained it after picking through her trash. Kate says he "even bragged he was in possession of 5,000 family photos, personal documents, tax and business records plus contracts - on information and belief, they were acquired from Jon Gosselin, and were acquired with the knowledge that Jon obtained them illegally."
She is seeking compensatory, punitive, liquidated damages and attorney's fees and costs.
Jon's lawyer was unavailable when asked for comment.