A popular blog that featured threats against Kate Gosselin has been shut down after receiving a subpoena for the reality star’s upcoming lawsuit against her ex husband, RadarOnline is reporting exclusively.
Reality Without Apologies, which billed itself as a parody site, hosted some of the most virulent Kate haters, some of whom posted death threats. Now the woman who runs the blog, who goes by the name Lisa Knight, has shut it down. BullyVille, an anti-bullying web site run by James McGibney, has vowed to pursue people across the Web who bully others and cross the line with death threats and other illegal behavior.
The blog shut down on Friday and now features this statement on its home page:
“After six long years I have decided to permanently shut down this blog. I have been very fortunate to meet some great people because of RWA and I will continue to keep in contact with those closest to me. I also want everyone to be aware that BullyVille was not bluffing after all. I was served with a subpoena today. They are gathering information for the lawsuit that Kate has against Jon and Robert. I have had the subpoena verified, it is a real legal document. For those of you who posted death threats, I’m certain those are being investigated. As long as this site is up and running it could cause serious legal issues, and I would never want those type of issues to be a burden on any of you. I have to agree that I don’t think that alleged death threats should ever be made against anyone. I hope everyone can move on with their lives.”
Radar broke the story that Kate will sue Jon Gosselin and Robert Hoffman, the author of an e-book that was highly critical of Kate. Much of the material from the book was from Kate’s computer, which Hoffman told Radar he retrieved from her trash.
McGibney is an anti-bullying activist who took on and defeated the notorious Hunter Moore, who ran a “revenge” porn site. Moore lost a lawsuit to McGibney and his site was dismantled. McGibney also sued another revenge porn site and won that as well. He donates all proceeds from legal victories to battered women’s shelters.
Shutting down one of the most notorious sites for featuring anti-Kate comments that often crossed the line is the beginning of what will certainly be a headline-making war between Kate and her ex plus Hoffman.
Hoffman has repeatedly stated that Kate is an unfit mother, told Radar that he called Child Services on her twice and has vowed he has incriminating information on her. His book contained what he said are her personal journals (from her computer), including passages where she talked about spanking her children and being afraid she would harm them.
The journals have not been verified as genuine.
The subpoena for information from Reality Without Apologies will help Kate gather information for her upcoming lawsuit.
And Radar has learned exclusively that BullyVille has sent out other subpoenas and received IP addresses connected to numerous sites that will play a role in the upcoming federal lawsuit by Kate.
Many in the anti-Kate camp have accused BullyVille of restricting their right to free speech with these tactics.
But a rep for BullyVille responded by issuing this statement to Radar:
“This has nothing to do with protecting someone’s right to free speech as these defendants’ would have you believe. They committed multiple federal crimes and the evidence that we now have will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt they destroyed this mother of 8 purely for financial gain.”