Duggar Sisters Are Suing Everyone Except Their Brother And Parents
Four Duggars are taking legal action over their brother’s molestation scandal, which their parents attempted to cover up. But their target is not who you’d expect.
Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Dugger have filed a federal breach-of-privacy suit against In Touch and Arkansas law enforcement over police documents released to the magazine through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015. The documents revealed Josh Duggar molested underage girls as a teenager, including some of his sisters, an issue the children’s parents knew about.
The sisters claim that when they spoke to investigators in 2006 as minors, they were assured their statements would not be made public. They say that under Arkansas law, information collected involving minors is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the lawsuit, the four sisters are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against the Arkansas city of Springdale, Arkansas’ Washington County, members of the Springdale Police Department and In Touch, alleging they were “revictimized” by the release of the documents that contained “cosmetic redactions” allowing them to be identified as their brother’s victims.
In its report, In Touch did not identify Josh’s victims by name. It was Jessa and Jill who identified themselves as two of Josh’s five underage victims when they participated in an interview with Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File.” With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well. The identify of the fifth victim remains unknown.
But the sisters claim that by not redacting their parents’ names, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, In Touch clearly identified the sisters as victims. They allege that because of the magazine’s report, they have been “subjected to spiteful and harsh comments and harassment” on social media from […]