KATE GOSSELIN, like the Empire, strikes back! And she’s ready to drag ex-hubby JON to court as blame for a tell-all exposing their innermost lives.

Kate Gosselin believes her ex-husband and father of her eight children, Jon Gosselin, is to blame for the bombshell tell-all , and RadarOnline has learned the 37-year-old single mom has been trying to put together a lawsuit against him that would not only take away his rights to see the children, but could land him in jail!

“Jon was notified recently of Kate’s intentions to file a lawsuit against him, but the whole thing is ridiculous,” a source close to the situation tells Radar.

 “Kate has been shopping her lawsuit around to various law firms, but no one is interested in taking her on because she has no actual evidence to support her case!”

According to the insider, Kate is convinced that Jon gave author Robert Hoffman the computer hard drive that had all her private journals on it and were used in the nasty tell-all, and she’s determined to find witnesses that will testify for her.

 “Kate is desperate to find witnesses who will take the stand and testify against Jon,” the insider reveals.

“But so far she’s having no luck. Anyone Kate has approached is hesitant because they don’t really want to be attached to the Gosselin name and in turn be dragged through the mud themselves.”

The source claims Jon is well aware of what Kate is trying to do and knows she’s going after anyone who knew him during the time they were divorcing — and anyone who he might have confessed his many grievances to.

“As far as Jon is concerned, he knows Kate will make promises to potential witnesses, saying what they want to hear just so she can get them up on the stand and get what she wants. No one knows firsthand more about how manipulative she can be than Jon,” the source said.