Former reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin are in the spotlight once again after Kate filed a lawsuit Monday accusing her ex-husband of stealing personal information for a tell-all book about her.
While they were married, the Gosselin’s starred in TLC’s "Jon & Kate plus 8," which followed their lives and the lives of their twins and sextuplets. In 2009, the couple separated and eventually divorced.
According to a federal lawsuit, “Jon Gosselin accessed email, bank accounts and other private information for a book called ‘Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World,’” reports ABC and CBS News. Jon is accused of stealing Kate’s hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to access private material.
"Jon violated a federal anti-hacking statute in order to publish salacious, scandalous and defamatory information about Kate," said Kate’s lawyer, A. Jordan Rushie. "It's damaged her reputation."
Tabloid writer Robert Hoffman, who is also Jon’s friend and business partner, wrote the 2012 book. It was removed from the market after two days because of illegally obtained information used to write it, according to the lawsuit.
A lawyer for Jon was not available for comment, and Hoffman did not return an email message sent through his website.
ABC News notes this is certainly not the first time the former couple has run into legal issues since their reality TV series.
Jon ran into legal issues with the TLC because of “outside appearances that allegedly violated his contract for the family-friendly show.”
Also, after the divorce and while Kate was appearing on “Dancing with the Stars,” Jon threatened to seek sole custody of the Gosselin children, stating that Kate’s appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” made her “an absentee mother,” claims that Kate Gosselin’s lawyer denied.
Sources: ABC News, NBC News