The death of Kelly Preston at the age of 57 is the second tragedy to devastate John Travolta’s family after the couple’s 16-year-old son Jett died from a seizure at a holiday home in the Bahamas in 2009.
Travolta described his son’s death as the ‘worst thing that ever happened in my life’ and told how the Church of Scientology had helped him and his wife through their grief.
The couple’s agony did not end there, because Jett’s death led to a lengthy court case after an ambulance driver and his attorney were accused of trying to extort $25million from the couple by threatening to release sensitive details about the death.
Travolta testified during criminal proceedings and was ready to do so a second time after the trial collapsed, but later decided to stop pursuing the case, citing the severe strain on his family.
Preston and Travolta both subsequently returned to acting but the couple had continued to voice their grief in recent years.
Kelly Preston posted this picture of her late son Jett in 2019, a decade after he died at a Bahamas holiday home after suffering a seizure
John Travolta (second left), his wife Kelly Preston (right) and their children Jett (second right) and Ella (left) during the 2000s. Jett died in the Bahamas in January 2009
Jett Travolta was born in 1992, after the couple had married in Paris the previous year while expecting the child.
His parents revealed he had suffered from Kawasaki syndrome when he was a toddler, a little-understood illness which can cause fevers and skin rashes.
The family said he had a history of seizures, and friends said he had developmental disabilities which his mother Kelly later described as autism.
In January 2009, while on vacation in the Bahamas, Jett was found unconscious in a bathroom and was pronounced dead in hospital, where medics gave ‘seizure disorder’ as the cause of his death. Reports said he had hit his head on a bathtub.
Dozens of relatives flew to Grand Bahama to comfort John Travolta and Kelly Preston, who said that ‘Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for’.
‘We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time that we had with him for the rest of our lives,’ they said at the time.
In 2010, Travolta said that he and Kelly had ‘leaned on’ their Scientologist religion to get through the traumatic time.
He said: ‘It’s something that has been very difficult, but I am getting a lot of help in dealing with it.
‘My wife and I and my daughter – we’re all dealing with it as well as can be expected. We lean on our church heavily and they have helped us a lot.’
Jett was cremated and his ashes flown to Florida with his parents, and a memorial service was held at the family home.
Scientologists explained that according to their belief system, ‘the person is not gone’ but ‘they go on’ in another lifetime, an idea similar to reincarnation.
‘Friends and family have the opportunity to say goodbye, to acknowledge and thank the person for what he or she has done in this lifetime, and to wish them well as they move on to their next lifetime,’ a spokesman said at the time.
While mourning the loss of their son, the couple faced further anguish when local ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and his attorney Pleasant Bridgewater allegedly tried to extort them by threatening to release sensitive details about the death.
Lightbourne, who was among the medics who treated Jett, allegedly used the threat to try to extort $25million from the actor. He and Bridgewater denied the claims.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston with their surviving children Ella (right) and Benjamin (front) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018
Kelly Preston’s final post to Instagram was one to celebrate Father’s Day in June. The picture is thought to have been taken the previous year
The two suspects faced criminal charges in the Bahamas, where Travolta gave testimony about how he had desperately tried to save the life of his son.
According to Travolta’s evidence, Lightbourne had threatened to go public with a document signed by Travolta refusing his consent for Jett to be taken to a local hospital.
Travolta said he signed the document because he had initially wanted Jett flown to Florida for treatment rather than being hospitalized in the Bahamas.
However, the trial had to be aborted in October 2009 when a Bahamian lawmaker suggested the still-deliberating jury had acquitted one of the suspects.
Travolta initially said he was willing to take the stand again for a retrial, but in September 2010 the family announced it was not proceeding with the charges.
‘The Travolta family has said that this matter has caused them unbelievable stress and pain and they wish to put this whole thing behind them,’ a prosecuting lawyer said at the time.
John Travolta said in a statement that his co-operation in the legal case had come at ‘great emotional cost to my family’.
‘The long-pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family, causing us to conclude that it was finally time to put this matter behind us,’ he said.
‘Therefore, after much reflection I concluded that it was in my family’s best interest for me not to voluntarily return to The Bahamas to testify a second time at trial.’
Kelly Preston and John Travolta in the 1989 movie The Experts – the film which led to their romance and eventual marriage
Pictured left: Kelly Preston and John Travolta in The Experts – the 1988 production on which they first met. Pictured right, Preston as Avery Bishop in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire
Last year, 10 years after Jett’s death, Kelly Preston shared an emotional tribute to her ‘sweet love’ Jett on Instagram, saying he was ‘in our hearts forever’.
‘I send love to all of the beautiful autistic children and the wonderful people who love them. May we all shine and grant love and respect to children with special needs,’ she said in April 2019.
The same month, John Travolta marked what would have been Jett’s 27th birthday by sharing a painting of his son and saying: ‘Happy birthday my son I love you’.
In an interview with Us Weekly last January to mark the 10-year anniversary of Jett’s death, Travolta said the Church of Scientology had helped the couple through the dark times.
‘The church never left our sides for two years. I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support,’ he said.
‘It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,’ he said. ‘The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.’
Travolta and Preston had two other children, daughter Ella Bleu in 2000 and son Benjamin in 2010.
Tributes have been pouring in for Preston today after Travolta announced last night that she had died of breast cancer after a two-year ordeal.
Preston died on Sunday morning having ‘fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many’, Travolta said as he revealed his wife’s two-year cancer ordeal for the first time.
John confirmed his wife’s death in an Instagram post overnight Sunday, writing: ‘Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered.
‘I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.’
Their daughter Ella, now 20, said she had ‘never met anyone as courageous’ as her mother.
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Pimp turned activist is paid $150,000 by Seattle to work as a ‘street czar’
A pimp turned activist who once vowed to ‘go to war’ with Seattle is being paid $150,000 by the city to work as a ‘street czar’ and come up with ‘alternatives to policing’ because he said he can talk to ‘gang members, pimps and prostitutes who won’t sit down with anybody else’.
Andrè Taylor, who set up nonprofit Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor was shot dead by Seattle cops in 2016, signed a deal with the city on July 27 to work as its community liaison, according to the contract published by PubliCola last week.
As part of the $12,500 a month deal, Taylor will provide recommendations to the city on de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan aims to improve relations between law enforcement and community members in the wake of multiple cop killings of black men and women across America.
Taylor, who was convicted of being a pimp back in 2000, has a mixed past with City Hall, promising to wage ‘war’ after his brother’s death before emerging as an ally and vocal critic of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone this year.
He publicly sided with Mayor Durkan in calls to dismantle the zone after two people were shot dead but was then exposed in a secret recording urging occupiers to ‘leave with something’ and offering to negotiate a million-dollar financial package with the city on their behalf.
Pimp turned activist Andrè Taylor (pictured in 2017 at a protest over the cop killing of a pregnant mother in Seattle) who once vowed to ‘go to war’ with Seattle is being paid $150,000 by the city to work as a ‘street czar’ and come up with ‘alternatives to policing’
Taylor (pictured in 2017) signed a deal with the city on July 27 to work as its community liaison, according to the contract published by PubliCola last week
Taylor’s $12,500 a month contract, which includes an office in Seattle’s Municipal Tower, and his new title as the city’s ‘street czar’ was his idea, reported Seattle Times.
He told the news outlet he is the man for the job because ‘not too many people can go talk to gangbangers in their territory, and then go talk to the government in their territory.’
Taylor said he has ‘particular genius in a particular area’ and can talk to ‘gang members, pimps and prostitutes’ who ‘won’t sit down with anybody else,’ reported KOMO News.
‘Black people as a whole have not been in a place to be compensated for their genius or their work for a very, very long time,’ he said.
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment but told the Seattle Times the partnership would ‘help de-escalate the ongoing situation’ by allowing the city to tap into Taylor’s ‘lived experience with the criminal legal system’.
Taylor pictured in 1999 in the documentary ‘American Pimp’. In 2000, he was convicted of seven prostitution-related counts and sentenced to five and a half years in prison
Taylor, who set up nonprofit Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor (pictured) was shot dead by Seattle cops in 2016, said he can talk to ‘gang members, pimps and prostitutes who won’t sit down with anybody else’
‘The City’s Department of Neighborhoods entered into a contract with Not This Time so that the organization could help de-escalate the ongoing situation in and around Cal Anderson Park,’ spokesperson Kelsey Nyland said in the statement.
‘The City sought a contract with Not This Time because of our existing working partnership… but also because of the organization’s lived experience with the criminal legal system, and their history of successful advocacy and activism on issues of policing and dismantling systemic racism.’
The mayor’s office said the city has also entered into similar contracts with other community groups.
Not This Time is also developing a program to support the mental health of black people leaving prison as they reintegrate into the community.
The nonprofit also worked with the city in 2019 on a $100,000 contract to host a speaker series called ‘Conversation with the Streets’.
The latest partnership comes after Taylor spoke out publicly this year against the controversial CHOP zone, which started as a peaceful occupation of a police precinct before turning into the site of two deadly shootings.
Protesters occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct after officers abandoned the building on June 8 following clashes with demonstrators calling for an end to police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd’s ‘murder’ in Minneapolis.
As part of the $12,500 a month deal, Taylor will provide recommendations to the city on de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (pictured) aims to improve relations between cops and community members
Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot dead in the zone on June 20 and Antonio Mays Jr., 16, was killed on June 29 and cops cleared the area and reclaimed the precinct days later.
Taylor, who led one of the first protests in the city over Floyd’s Memorial Day ‘murder’, condemned the zone for its violence.
He joined forces with Durkan at a press conference on June 22 after Anderson’s death and as the city grappled to take back control of the area, telling reporters: ‘I feel like I cannot help the situation now because of the violence that will probably continue.’
Taylor was criticized by some protesters who accused him of siding with the mayor.
Despite his public stance in support of the mayor, the community activist was then caught on a secret recording encouraging demonstrators to meet with the mayor and demand millions for the community in return for leaving CHOP.
Taylor has a mixed past with City Hall, promising ‘war’ after his brother’s death before emerging as an ally and vocal critic of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone this year. Pictured the CHOP zone
CHOP zone being dismantled. Taylor publicly sided with Mayor Durkan in calls to dismantle the zone but was exposed on a secret recording urging occupiers to ‘leave with something’ and offering to negotiate a financial package with the city on their behalf
‘I’m advising you to leave,’ Taylor told CHOP activists during the conversation at a South Seattle restaurant.
‘Let me go before you to the mayor. Leave with resources, money for the community. Then you win.’
He proposed that he could go to Durkan and negotiate money on their behalf.
”Listen, I went down and talked [to the CHOP activists]… They’re so serious about this space, they’re willing to die. But we have an out. They’re more concerned about being able to have some money for communities that are devastated right now, and if we can move that, they’ll be willing to leave’,’ he said he could put to Durkan.
‘So don’t just leave. Leave with something.’
He added: ‘You gotta get something. Let me make that happen for you, and then I can bring that back to you. I don’t know, we’ll ask for $2 million. They might give us $1 million, but let’s ask for it.
‘Because the reason why we’re holding that space is not only for George Floyd but for the millions of George Floyds.’
Taylor has since defended his comments and insisted the mayor knew nothing of his proposals to the CHOP occupants.
‘They wanted to defund [the police] and to redistribute funds. I told them they could go to the mayor and ask her for a certain amount,’ he told Seattle Times.
Taylor said of his deal that ‘not too many people can go talk to gangbangers in their territory, and then go talk to the government in their territory’
Not This Time also worked with the city in 2019 on a $100,000 contract to host a speaker series called ‘Conversation with the Streets’. Pictured Taylor
‘I was concerned about the protesters leaving that space without having some type of win. They were concerned about the safety of being there. I agreed with them about that. But at the same time, I was telling them, ‘Don’t leave without a win.”
He said he wanted to help ‘get some real action for the community’ and that he ‘would do it again’.
CHOP activist Javi Cordero who was at the meeting with Taylor said the group felt his suggestions were ‘off’.
‘After the meeting, I thought ‘this feels off,’ talked about it with some other activists, and we never followed up with Andrè,’ Cordero told Seattle Times.
Taylor founded Not This Time after his brother Che was shot dead by cops on February 21 2016 in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle.
Police were carrying out an undercover drug operation and said Che had reached for a gun and refused to comply with their commands when they opened fire.
At an inquest, jurors unanimously agreed Che complied with officers’ orders to show his hands and had moved his body position down toward the floor after officers ordered him to get on the ground.
No charges were filed against the cops involved in the case.
Taylor arrived in the city after his brother’s death and vowed to go to war over his killing.
He then founded Not This Time, which champions statewide police reforms, holds police accountable and connects relatives of people killed by police with local leaders to push for reforms.
Taylor’s escapades as the pimp ‘Gorgeous Dre’ were featured in the documentary ‘American Pimp’ (pictured)
In 2000, Taylor, whose own father was a pimp and his mother a prostitute, was convicted of seven prostitution-related counts and sentenced to five and a half years in prison.
The Las Vegas pimp was proven guilty of traveling across several state lines with an underage prostitute, who was 16 at the time.
Taylor allegedly lived in a $300,000 house and wore $4,000 Versace suits and a $90,000 Rolex while pimping out the girl and other adult women.
His escapades as ‘Gorgeous Dre’ were featured in the documentary ‘American Pimp’.
‘I was born from the streets; I come out of the deep darkness,’ he said in a YouTube video about his former career earlier this year.
‘We knew you considered us the waste of the world from the beginning. We didn’t care what you thought about us … just like I don’t care what you think about me now.’
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Vegan activist is put in ‘chokehold’ after ‘breaking into a pig farm’ to protest
A vegan activist has been filmed being restrained in what appears to be a chokehold by a police officer after he was arrested while protesting against supposed animal cruelty.
Direct Action Everywhere and Meat The Victims animal rights activist Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski was one of two men charged after they allegedly trespassed on a piggery near Toowoomba in southern Queensland.
He and Shaun Figueiredo were among about 30 protesters who attended the property on Monday.
The two men Facebook live-streamed their efforts to enter the site, running through fields until they find a fence to climb under.
Animal rights activist Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski filmed inside the piggery moments before they were surrounded by police officers
‘Animals are suffering, this is an emergency,’ Swiebodzinski explains on camera.
‘There is no time to muck around. We’re going in.’
They make their way to a shed, where dozens of sows and piglets are being housed in farrowing crates and stalls.
The finals moments of the 35-minute clip are scenes of chaos as police officers storm the shed.
An officer is filmed approaching Swiebodzinski from behind and grabbing him around the neck as he’s dragged away.
Another officer tells Figueiredo, who’s filming: ‘If you resist arrest you’ll be further charged.’
Swiebodzinski claims the officer threw his arms around his neck.
Swiebodzinski was filmed being approached from behind and grabbed around the neck in a chokehold before being dragged away.
‘He screamed at me, … told me that I’m arrested. He was screaming ‘I told you not to go in here,’ he told news.com.au.
‘As soon as he took me out of the shed, put both knees on my body, handcuffed me behind my back and searched me.’
Swiebodzinski added they were surrounded by at least 15 officers who appeared to be anticipating them.
Queensland Police confirmed two men were charged with trespass and issued with fines for allegedly breaching a biosecurity order.
While a spokesman was unable to comment on the footage, he referred Daily Mail Australia to officers’ use of force options, which are listed online.
The neck restraint hold is an open hand tactics officers may be permitted to use when control of a policing situation cannot be achieved otherwise.
He and Shaun Figueiredo illegally gained access to the site by climbing under a fence
‘Open hand tactics equip officers with a range of operational skills and tactics which assist officers in performing their functions safely, efficiently and effectively. Application of these tactics may allow officers to achieve and maintain control of a subject or policing situation,’ Queensland Police guidelines states.
Swiebodzinski says the pair politely asked for permission to enter the site and insists they respected biohazard security rules when they entered the property.
‘We were prepared with biohazard suits, gloves, disinfectant, masks, we know the biohazard security rules inside of those facilities and we always adhere to them,’ he said.
Swiebodzinski claims the sow stalls and farrowing crates seen in the footage is standard practice.
‘The pigs are all around me and in front of me- the stench is unbearable,’ he says.
‘Is this ethical in any way?’
Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski (left) was charged with trespass and issued with fines for allegedly breaching a biosecurity order
The RSPCA also has grave concerns about their use, citing welfare issues.
‘Pigs that are housed in sow stalls and farrowing crates have no opportunity to engage in natural behaviour or interact socially with other pigs,’ the organisation states on its website.
‘Sow stalls and farrowing crates can also cause physical problems for the sows. Because they are unable to exercise, their muscles and bones deteriorate and they may have great difficulty in standing up or lying down.’
The two men charged have been inundated with support from fellow animal activists
‘So lucky to have such friends and colleagues. With people like I had around me yesterday, anything is possible,’ Swiebodzinski posted on Facebook on Tuesday night.
Earlier this year, Swiebodzinski was fined $5000 for his role in theft of a $1500 calf from a farm in Western Australia in 2018.
Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski was protesting against alleged animal cruelty at the site on Monday
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Kate Gosselin was accused of physically and emotionally abusing her 16-year-old son Collin
Reality star Kate Gosselin was accused of physically and emotionally abusing her son, zip-tying him to a chair, inventing bizarre and humiliating punishments and making him sleep in the basement, bombshell new report claims.
Multiple sources have told DailyMail.com that documents submitted to a court in Pennsylvania during the bitter custody battle between Kate and ex-husband Jon Gosselin allege that Collin Gosselin detailed the horrific abuse by his mother to a court appointed therapist.
Citing a December, 2018 report submitted to the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County, Pennsylvania the sources claim a certified traumatologist and counselor concluded that Collin was suffering from trauma and chronic PTSD.
The female expert claimed in the paperwork that after her third session with Collin, as a mandated reporter, she was duty bound to report the alleged abuse to Childline.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Collin’s father Jon who confirmed the existence of the shocking report, but he said he’s unable to comment.
Kate Gosselin, of Jon & Kate Plus 8, has been accused of physically and emotionally abusing her son Collin and zip-tying him to a chair
Citing a December 2018 report, the sources claim a certified traumatologist and counselor concluded that Collin was suffering from trauma and chronic PTSD
DailyMail.com reached out to Collin’s father Jon who confirmed the existence of the shocking report, but he said he’s unable to comment
In the past, however, the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star has accused his ex wife of child abuse multiple times.
But only now – as the bitter row between Jon and Kate erupts once again with allegations flying in both directions – is the full shocking extent of the allegations of mental and physical abuse of their son at the hands of Kate coming to light.
Jon has full custody of Collin after fighting for him when he discovered Kate had sent him to a child and adolescent behavioral health facility in Pennsylvania for three years without informing his father.
The most recent claims come as Kate, who has only seen Colin twice in the past five years, slammed her ex who was wrongly accused of abusing his son following a recent altercation.
‘Jon is a violent and abusive person,’ Kate, 45, told People on Wednesday last week.
Kate claimed she was notified by the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child & Youth Services that Jon was under active investigation over the incident.
‘If this doesn’t qualify as assault, I don’t know what does,’ the Kate Plus 8 star said of the alleged encounter.
On September 3, Collin posted on Instagram that his father was a ‘liar’ who ‘beat’ him.
‘He punched me in the face and gave me a swollen nose and I started bleeding,’ wrote the teenager. ‘He then continued to kick me in the ribs after I was on the floor.’
The post was subsequently deleted.
DailyMail.com has since learned the incident was investigated but any claims were unfounded and the probe was dropped within 24 hours, according to a letter given to Jon.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams confirmed no charges or citations were issued as a result of the incident.
Collin Gosselin, 16, claimed in a now deleted Instagram post that his father Jon, 43, kicked and punched him during a violent altercation earlier this month
Jon has full custody of Collin (pictured together) after fighting for him when he discovered Kate had sent him to a child and adolescent behavioral health facility for three years
Jon told DailyMail.com that Kate’s claim is untrue and Collin is troubled as a result of the trauma and PTSD he has suffered due to the abuse by his mother.
‘I really didn’t want to have to come out and talk about this for Collin’s sake, but when Kate is in the media attacking me, calling me a child abuser, I have to defend myself. I love my son and I would never hurt him.’
Collin and Hannah live with Jon, while the other children stay with Kate
Sources close to the case say Kate’s comments against Jon are outrageous given her track record of allegedly abusing Collin.
In a heartbreaking report by Collin’s therapist, which the sources claim is in the documents submitted to the court, Collin told the therapist his mother treated him differently than his other siblings, removed him from playtimes with his brothers and sisters and often made him sleep in a closet or the basement away from his family.
Kate, sources claims, branded Collin a ‘bad’ child in need of punishment and the boy felt he was seen as not deserving of the same affection his siblings would receive because he was still talking to his father Jon.
It’s understood the traumatologist conducted a number of psychological tests on Collin and diagnosed him with chronic PTSD brought about by trauma.
According to the sources in her report, the therapist documents Collin’s statements that as he grew older his experiences with his mother were based on fear.
According to one source, Collin told the therapist that when he didn’t behave he would be subjected to bizarre and outlandish punishments by Kate including having him zip-tied to a chair.
‘The report says he perceived certain events as threats which the therapist said is a classic reaction to trauma and PTSD.’
The shocking report, the sources state, is indicative of someone who has been victimized, suffering from emotional and physical abuse, leaving them feeling increasingly powerless.
According to the report, the reality star also allegedly shamed and humiliated him over his behavior – emotional abuse that led to a deterioration in how he behaved in public and at school.
And Collin places the blame on his mother who was his primary caregiver at the time.
On Thursday Jon’s ex-wife Kate waded in telling People magazine she had been notified by the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child & Youth Services that Jon was under investigation over the incident. Pictured: Kate with her and Jon’s children, twins Mady and Cara (back row); sextuplets Collin, Leah, Hannah (l-r middle row), Aaden, Joel and Alexis (l-r front row)
‘Collin is facing many difficult issues and my dad is doing everything in his power to help him. My dad loves us and has never been abusive to us in any way,’ his sister Hannah said in defense of her father. She and Collin are pictured together
DailyMail.com reached out to the law firm representing Kate and asked whether her attorney Colleen Norcross had any response to the allegations of abuse leveled at her client.
An assistant said: ‘We cannot talk about that,’ before hanging up the phone.
Another source close to the family said: ‘Jon is a loving father who has never abused his son. He has done nothing but parent his children and attempt to stay out of the public eye for years.
‘Jon has evidential medical proof that Collin’s PTSD was caused by Kate’s relentless physical and emotional abuse of him. It’s a sad situation when a mother who has both physically and psychologically abused her son then sent him away and abandoned him, points the finger at the innocent parent.
‘Jon has 100% legal and physical custody of Collin who now refuses to see his mother because of her long term abuse.’
According to DHS documents seen by DailyMail.com multiple allegations of suspected child abuse against Collin when he was in Kate’s care were investigated.
But in follow up letters Jon was informed that the agency had determined the reports were ‘unfounded’ due to a lack of evidence.
Jon claims Kate didn’t like Collin being ‘difficult’ and ‘stubborn’ as a young boy so sent him into care despite him having no known diagnosed medical condition other than common ADHD.
Last year DailyMail.com published a heartbreaking letter written by Collin while inside the facility revealing how the then 12-year-old boy pleaded with his dad to get him out, writing: ‘You’re my dad, my savior, please help me.’
The letter, written in crayon, also detailed allegations that Kate had been ‘abusive’ towards her son.
The three page note, dated June 21, 2017, was smuggled out of the institution by the boy’s older roommate and passed to Jon.
Last year DailyMail.com published a heartbreaking letter written by Collin while inside the facility revealing how the then 12-year-old boy pleaded with his dad to get him out, writing: ‘You’re my dad, my savior, please help me’
Horrified, Jon immediately took steps to verify the letter and have his son removed from the facility.
The family source said: ‘Jon had to fight to find Colin and remove him from the facility to care for him and love him.
‘Kate visited Collin a total of two times in three years while he was in the facility.
‘Since Jon had him released, Kate has never attempted to contact, Collin or even show up to his custody hearing.
‘Instead, she has shunned him and told his siblings he is “crazy” and to do the same.’
Legally the warring couple had joint custody over their flock for years but after a long protracted court battle a judge decided the children should decide for themselves where they want to live. Collin has been living with his father full-time since February 2018, along with his sister Hannah. The other four sextuplets: Alexis, Aaden, Joel and Leah live with their mother Kate, while twins Mady and Cara, 19, are away at college.
Jon and Kate divorced in 2009 after 10 years of marriage, and found huge fame thanks to their reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8
In an interview with DailyMail.com last week Jon says he has been dealing with the fallout of Collin’s PTSD since he left the behavioral health facility.
‘Dealing with a child with mental health issues is taxing, I’m taxed,’ the IT consultant admitted. ‘But I love my son. I will not give up. I go to therapy, we all go to family therapy, to deal with having a son that has been traumatized and abused by his mother.
‘It’s very difficult for me. I’m trying to learn how to handle Collin, I have my own demons as well, but I never punched him or kicked him or anything like that.
Jon added: ‘None of this is Collin’s fault. He’s 16. He’s got a lot of issues to work through and we’re here to help him.’
Jon and Kate divorced in 2009 after 10 years of marriage, and found huge fame thanks to their reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8.
The former couple first welcomed their twins in 2001; the sextuplets followed in 2004. Most recently Kate starred in the reality dating series, Kate Plus Date, in 2019.
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