Duggar sisters sue city, InTouch Weekly over breach of privacy

Claudine Rigal
Mai 20, 2017

However, that was the barest beginning of what would proceed to be two years of public scrutiny. According to the lawsuit it was easy to determine who the victims were based on that information.

"This case is exclusively about protecting children who are victims of abuse", the Duggar's lawyers said in a statement. However, these closely scrutinized statements were picked apart by the viewers, who found a series of contradictions in them. Viewers quickly skimmed clips and photos and located not only instances of little Duggar girls sitting on the laps of males, but specifically numerous instances in which younger sisters are sitting on Josh's lap as well. The tabloid said the identity of the victims was not publicly known until the sisters admitted in an interview that they were among the victims in the case. Additionally Josh Duggar, who was working at the time at the incredibly conservative Family Research Council, resigned from his job. "The victims are the only ones who can speak for themselves". We are very thankful for God's forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives. You are an example of Him today and every day.

Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Joy Duggar, and Jinger Duggar (the two older sisters are married and have changed their names) have filed a federal breach-of-privacy lawsuit against the city of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas, as well as some officials involved in the investigation, and In Touch.

According to the AP, the four sisters who came forward about being inappropriately touched by their brother years ago, claim that when they spoke to investigators in 2006 about the molestation, "they were assured their statements would only be shared with police and child service officials".

The 19 Kids and Counting stars are seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages, according to Arkansas Business. The lawsuit alleges the city gave the magazine an under-redacted report that included the names of the sisters' parents, the family's address, and the age of at least one of the victims, which allowed the public to identify the four sisters.

There's a new turn in the molestation scandal that rocked the popular Duggar family from 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. "...the Arkansas Municipal League, the Arkansas State Police, the Washington County Juvenile Prosecuting Attorney within the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney's Office...." That will be up to a jury to decide, of course, but in this regard the Duggar sisters probably don't have a case, either.

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