Kate Gosselin sues ex over book, alleges hacking

Former reality TV stars, Jon Gosselin and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin are shown in Hawaii during happier times for the couple. AP Photo/TLC/Mark Arbeit

Former reality TV star Kate Gosselin filed a lawsuit Monday accusing her ex-husband of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book.

Jon Gosselin accessed email, bank accounts and other private information for a book called "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World," according to the federal lawsuit.

The 2012 book was written by Jon Gosselin's friend and business partner, tabloid writer Robert Hoffman, but pulled from the market after two days because the information had been illegally obtained, the lawsuit said.

"Jon violated a federal anti-hacking statute in order to publish salacious, scandalous and defamatory information about Kate," said her lawyer A. Jordan Rushie. "It's damaged her reputation."

The couple starred in the TLC show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," detailing life with their twins and sextuplets, before they separated in 2009 and later divorced. The series was renamed "Kate Plus 8" before being cancelled for good in 2011.

Kate Gosselin, 38, a former nurse who now runs a coupon website, lives in Sinking Spring, Pa. Jon Gosselin, 36, worked in information technology and now lives in nearby Wyomissing. Both are outside Reading, northwest of Philadelphia.

The lawsuit accusesJon Gosselin of identity theft, wiretapping and invasion of privacy and seeks unspecified damages. A lawyer who once represented Jon Gosselin did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press. Hoffman is also named as a defendant. He did not immediately return an email message sent through his website.

Even beyond their acrimonious divorce, the Gosselins have been embroiled in a series of legal problemsover the past few years.

In 2009, the state investigated whether the children's TV appearances violated child labor laws, amid concerns from her estranged brother, Kevin Kreider.

In 2010, Jon Gosselin threatened to seek primary custody of the children on grounds that his ex-wife's appearances on "Dancing With the Stars" made her an absentee mother, claims her lawyer called reckless.

Mr. Gosselin also tangled with the TLC network over outside appearances that allegedly violated his contract for the family-friendly show.

In 2011, Kate Gosselin pleaded guilty to driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone. She told police she was hurrying home to her children.

  • CBS News Staff

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