Kate Gosselin accused of abusing her kids by a friend of Jon Gosselin

kate-gosselin-march-2012-gi.jpgReality-TV star Kate Gosselin is being accused of excessively spanking in her kids and other parenting transgressions in a new book ... written by a self-professed friend of her ex-husband, Jon.

The allegations come in a self-published e-book called "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World" by Robert Hoffman, a reporter who has covered the Gosselins and says he's a friend of Jon's.

Per Radar Online, the book claims Gosselin frequently uses a wooden spoon she calls "The Spanker" on her eight children and has punished them for acts as seemingly innocent as trying to climb out of a crib. He also claims Kate has yanked her kids' hair.

Hoffman's source is allegedly a hard drive he found in Jon Gosselin's trash that contained Kate's journals and hundreds of her e-mails. The journals, Hoffman says, were used in the writing of Kate's two books, "Multiple Bles8ings" and "Eight Little Faces."

(Radar, incidentally, plays it both ways, breathlessly reporting Hoffman's allegations along with sister publication Star magazine in the post linked above, then making fun of Hoffman's screed in a follow-up post.)

Gosselin hasn't commented on the allegations.
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