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Kendra Wilkinson's feud with her mom escalates to a legal issue

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Kendra Wilkinson's mom wasn't kidding when she threatened to sue her

The mother of reality star Kendra Wilkinson is ramping up the war on her daughter, and it's about to turn legal.

The bitter battle between mother and daughter goes back years, but after Kendra called Patti a "sadistic abuser" and likened their relationship to rape, Patti dropped hints on her Facebook page that she planned to get a lawyer involved. Now those plans are solidifying.

"Patti is looking to get an attorney not to sue for badmouthing her, but serve Kendra with a cease and desist to get Kendra to just stop talking about her altogether," a source close to the family told RadarOnline. "She's not looking for monetary (compensation) — she just wants it to stop."

"For Kendra to say the cruel and hurtful things she is saying about her mother (is unfair). They are not true," the source said. "She's trying to make her mom sound like this villain, but Patti is not this nasty person."

"Patti is absolutely devastated over this," the source continued. "She wants nothing more than to have a relationship with her daughter and grandkids. At this point, Patti would like nothing more than for Kendra to not talk about her and just wants Kendra to keep her mouth shut about her."

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But the source has a prediction for what will actually happen if the papers are served: Kendra will use it as material on her reality show.

"Kendra will take it and run with it," the source said. "That will be a whole other bunch of episodes drawn out."

Kendra has not commented about her mom — off-camera, at least.

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