Robert Hoffman's book Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World has been pulled by Amazon. The tell-all book was available for purchase for only two days before two legal teams, Lavely & Singer and Williams & Connolly, each demanded that Amazon pull the book due to infringement rights.
After the Kate Gosselin child abuse allegations took the internet by storm last week, Robert came under fire as well. Many readers question how the reporter just happened to "find" Kate's personal journals and why he wrote a book instead of contacting Child Protection Services.
Robert says he found Kate's computer hard drives in the trash. The former US Weekly reporter says, "I can tell you that all of my information regarding Kate Gosselin used in the book was obtained by me personally through completely legal means."
Furthermore, Robert claims that only about 10% of the information in the book was taken from Kate's hard drive. "There is so much more that hasn't been revealed," Robert says. "I also have photographic evidence to back up my claims in the book."
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Robert insists he interviewed "hundreds" of sources, including former Jon and Kate plus 8 crew members. According to Robert, the crew witnessed the alleged violent abuse on the Gosselin children. Robert maintains that the "witness testimony" paired with the "found" journals did, in fact, prompt him to reach out to the authorities. "I personally contacted Child Protection Services twice in 2010 when I found the journal," Robert says. "I sent them copies of what I had, they told me they would look into it, and that's the last I heard."
Hoffman continues, "I've tried to talk to Kate several times in 2010, but she wouldn't acknowledge my existence."
Regardless of how the hard drives were obtained, lawyers have deemed the information, which includes network contracts and personal emails, copyrighted material. As as result, Amazon has pulled the e-book pending further investigation.
"I can tell you that I respect the legal system and won't be distributing the book outside of Amazon unless it is cleared by the lawyers and Amazon first," Robert said. "The last I want to do is break any laws, and it has yet to be determined if that has been the case."