Duggar Sisters Sued Arkansas Law Enforcement & a Publication Involving Josh's Sexual Molestation

Four Duggar sisters are taking legal action against a publication and Arkansas law enforcement for disclosing documents to a magazine over Josh's sexual acts.

10:01 AM EDT 5/20/2017 by Cores Grace, Celebeat Reporter

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Duggar Family

The life of Duggar Family has been subject to controversy when one of its family members confessed to molesting five different girls including some of his sisters. The family's life used to be featured in TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting" that revolved around the parents Jim Bob and Michelle with their 19 children. With ten boys and nine girls, their names start with letter J. Now, recent reports suggest that the some of the girls in the family have filed a lawsuit against a publication and Arkansas law enforcement.

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When Josh Duggar publicly apologized in May 2015 for his sexual molestation act that happened between 2002 and 2003, TLC suspended "19 Kids and Counting." In July 2015, the network announced that the series is cancelled officially and is not going to continue its production. A spin-off show though, titled "Counting On" began airing in December 2015, which is now in its third season.

According to the Huffington Post, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar took legal action against In Touch Weekly magazine and Arkansas law enforcement for releasing police documents to the publication. The lawsuit states that under Arkansas law, any information being gathered that involves minors is not allowed to be disclosed. This is under the Freedom of Information Act.

The four Duggar sisters seek undisclosed compensatory as well as punitive indemnity against the Springdale Police Department, In Touch, Arkansas city of Springdale and Arkansas' Washington County. The lawsuit cites that the sisters were allegedly revictimized when the documents were disclosed that included cosmetic redactions, which recognizes them as victims of Josh.

According to In Touch, the Duggar Family's police report has been kept since 2006 until the magazine was able to obtain it through the Freedom of Information Act request. However, a spokesperson for Springdale City said that these claims are without merit and are not true. The statement further explained that the lawsuit is misguided.


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