Kate Gosselin has never been shy about her rigid parenting style — whether she’s talking about her strict rules in interviews, or demonstrating her practices in front of the cameras for her reality show.
But now she’s been accused of child abuse, as court documents filed by her ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, in 2010 have surfaced — including a “Father’s Statement of Issues,” in which a lawyer for the 37-year-old claims Kate hit their daughter so hard she allegedly left bruises on her child, who was only 5 at the time.
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The documents, obtained by ‘Radar Online,’ state, “On Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, while bathing Leah, Father found [a] large, red welt on her rear end. [Leah] later explained that it was from Mother, after Leah bit Hannah… Several children have come forward to Father complaining that they get hurt when Mother spanks them.”
The paperwork goes on to say that Jon, 37, doesn’t approve of his ex getting physical with their children — especially to the point of leaving marks on their bodies.
Jon and Kate’s eight children. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
He also alleges that Kate, 39, is negligent when dressing their brood — leaving their kids in clothing that’s not only dirty, but also unfit for the climate.
“Children must be properly dressed for weather,” the docs read.
“On Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, Father attended a field trip with Hannah, Joel, Leah and Aaden. Boys were dressed in cowboy boots and girls were dressed in Ugg boots. Ground was cold and wet and children slipped and got shoes dirty. Boys were dressed in pants and sweatshirt, with no undershirt or coat. It was 39 degrees that morning and children complained of being cold.”
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The revelations from the 2010 legal work come more than a year after Jon told ‘In Touch Weekly’ he planned on fighting for primary custody of his eight children, who — he said — “live in fear of Kate.”
“Regardless of what the judge decides, I have to at least try,” he explained at the time. “I just wish Kate would wake up, realize how she’s behaving — and change her ways.”