A friend of Jon Gosselin is making Kate Gosselin look bad by charging his buddy's ex routinely yanked her children's hair and hit them with a wooden spoon she called "The Spanker."
"She was beating 2-year-old babies in diapers," said Robert Hoffman, a reporter who alleges he got his scoop from private journals written by Kate.
Hoffman told Star the mother of eight punished her children for such common misbehavior as trying to climb out of their crib or munching on M&Ms without asking her permission.
Though some may suspect the reporter's friendship with the reality TV star's former spouse could cause him to embellish his story, news about Kate getting physical with her kids is not new. In 2009, a mini-scandal erupted when the 37-year-old divorcee defended spanking her daughter Leah. "Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first," Gosselin told a reporter at the time. "I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation."
The punishment tales are just the tip of the iceberg for reporter Hoffman, who just published a book called "KATE GOSSELIN: HOW SHE FOOLED THE WORLD" which features a not very motherly photo of Kate with a mean face on its cover. Aside from insinuating she is a child abuser, the author of the supposed tell-all implies his subject is as an "animal abuser, racist, functioning alcoholic, liar, manipulator and multi-millionaire grafter," according to his book's Amazon.com description.
This latest Kate bashing story comes on the heels -- literally -- of a kerfuffle over Kate tweeting a seductive picture of her daughter, Mady, wearing her mom's sexy high-heeled shoes. Critics of the photos were not so much upset by a little girl playing dress-up, but rather the inappropriateness of publishing the photo on Twitter where pedophiles could view it.
Gosselin's mothering skills have been debated by the media many times before. Two years ago the ladies of "The View" dished on the topic of two of the Gosselin children being expelled from school for rage issues. The former registered nurse blamed it on her divorce from their daddy, and host Barbara Walters diplomatically sympathized with the challenge of raising eight children -- six of whom are sextuplets.
But Walters' colleague, Joy Behar, harshly judged the Season 10 "Dancing with the Stars" contestant for blaming others for her children's problems. "It's interesting that she blames the husband, the show, everything but herself," said the Brooklyn-born comedian. "I mean, she has a part in this too, right?"
We may just have to wait until her children grow up before we get the real scoop on Gosselin's mommy skills. It could be a contest as to which of the eight makes the first million writing a "Mommy Dearest"-style expose about one of America's most famous and controversial mothers.
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