Former reality star Jon Gosselin is once again in the spotlight after his 16-year-old son Collin accused him of punching him in the face, kicking him in the ribs and making him bleed in a since-deleted post on social media.
According to People, a child abuse investigation has now been launched after the alleged incident earlier this month.
A report from the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child & Youth Services, viewed by the media outlet, described an allegation of “causing bodily injury to a child through recent act/failure to act: hitting/punching.”
The report does not include the name of the alleged abuser; however, Collin took to social media Instagram last week to recount details of the alleged incident.
“My dad is a liar,” he wrote in the since-deleted post viewed by People. “Yesterday he beat me up and thought nothing of it, he punched me in the face and gave me a swollen nose and I started bleeding. He then continued to kick me in the ribs after I was on the floor. He is a liar.”
An unidentified source told People that incident began when the father and son got into a heated argument in the car.
“Collin got furious and was screaming and swearing. When they got home, he was still screaming and cursing and he went into the garage and got…a big heavy bottle of liquid—and hurled it at Jon’s car, denting it,” the source said. “Jon got out of the car enraged, put him in a headlock, punched him square in the nose, and when Collin fell to the ground, then he kicked him in the ribs.”
Collin reportedly called the police, who responded to the scene, after the alleged encounter.
Jon Gosselin, who rose to fame while starring in the popular TLC series “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” has denied abusing his 16-year-old son through his representative.
“Jon has never abused Collin,” the rep told E! News. “No charges have been filed against him and there’s no ongoing CYS investigation. Collin has endured severe trauma. Jon is a loving father who has worked hard to ensure that his son gets the support and help he needs.”
Oxygen.com reached out to the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child & Youth Services but has not received a response as of press time.
Collin’s mother, Kate Gosselin, told People she no longer wants her former husband around any of the couple’s children, saying “enough is enough.”
“You do not punch and kick your children. You do not kick a child. I don’t want to hear any excuses from anyone, not from his father, not from local law enforcement, not from court personnel whose job is supposedly to ensure the best interests of my children,” she said. “There is a child abuse law, PA 23, section 8i states that doing any of the following, regardless of whether it causes injury, is child abuse, and first on the list is kicking. Period.”
According to a 2019 appearance on "Dr. Oz", two of the couple’s sextuplets—Collin and Hannah—are currently living with Jon Gosselin, but he remains estranged from the couple’s other six children, including older twins Cara and Mady.
Jon Gosselin said he obtained custody of Collin after learning that Kate had “institutionalized” her son at a special needs facility.
“I pulled him out of the institution,” he said on “Dr. Oz.” “He was wrongfully institutionalized. He did not need to be in an institution. Just because he was a difficult child did not mean he needed to be sent away against my will, against my right.”
Jon said he reunited with his son after his manager received an “escape” letter written in crayon from Collin begging his dad to come get him.
Kate told People the allegation of abuse against her former husband “makes me sick to my stomach.”
“I do not want this buried, swept under the rug or minimized,” she told People. “As a mother, I am not going to sit quietly and idly by while my child, any of my children, is assaulted by anyone, let alone their own father.”
She said she plans to “keep shouting” about the abuse allegation “in the hopes that the authorities and the courts will finally do the right thing. Do not return my child to an abuser’s home.”
Berks County District Attorney John Adams told People that to date “no charges or citations were filed” as a result of the incident.
“That’s the only incident we are aware of at this point and there was no citation or charges filed as a result of the incident,” he said.
Oxygen.com also reached out the district attorney's office but did not immediately receive a response.
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