Jon Gosselin is denying abuse claims made by his 16-year-old son Collin, along with reports that he is currently under investigation for said-allegations.
“Jon has never abused Collin,” reps for Jon told The Sun. “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.”
As The Ashley reported Thursday, Collin posted (and quickly deleted) a disturbing message on Instagram last week accusing Jon of kicking and punching him.
“My dad is a liar,” Collin captioned his post. “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.”
People claims that the incident occurred after Collin became angry while talking to Jon in the car.
“Collin got furious and was screaming and swearing,” a source told the site. “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 went on to claim that Jon then got out of his car enraged, put Collin in a headlock and “punched him square in the nose,” causing him to fall to the ground. He then allegedly kicked Collin in the ribs. The teen – one of Jon’s eight children with ex-wife Kate Gosselin – reportedly called the police, who responded to the incident.
Collin’s allegations prompted an investigation by the Berks County Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania; however, Jon was not named in the alleged CYS report. Berks County District Attorney John Adams told People it is unlikely that John will face any legal repercussions.
“There has been no charges or citations filed as a result of that incident,” he said. “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 has never abused his children,” the source added.
In response to the abuse claims against her ex-husband, Kate said she did not want her children around Jon, adding “enough is enough.”
“You do not punch and kick your children,” she stated. “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.
“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 that list is kicking. Period. I don’t want my children around him. Enough is enough.”
Kate said she was informed by police that Collin was “removed” from Jon’s home “immediately” following the alleged abuse.
Kate vowed not to let this incident get “swept under the rug or minimized.”
“ … 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. “I am spotlighting this and I will keep shouting about it, 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,” she continued. “Jon needs to be charged with a crime. If this were your child, would you feel okay with having it swept under the rug?”
Kate said in the past, she has been prone to stay silent and not defend herself, but because this involves one of her children, she “will not stay silent anymore.”
“Say whatever you want about me and I’ll stay on the high road,” she said. “But you harm my children, I’m ready to fight back.”
Jon was awarded sole physical and legal custody of Collin in December 2018, prior to which, Collin was living in a treatment facility for children with special needs. Collin was placed in the facility by Kate for alleged behavioral issues and he had been living there for a few years before leaving in 2018. Kate was a no-show at the custody hearing for Collin.
While Collin and Hannah have been in Jon’s care for about two years, four of the couple’s sextuplets – Joel, Aaden, Leah and Alexis – remain in Kate’s custody. Jon and Kate’s 19-year-old twins, Madelyn and Cara, are currently away at college.
(Photos: Instagram; TLC)