Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:58
According to TMZ, Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, and Joy Duggar filed the suit in federal court against the city of Springdale, Arkansas over the 2015 police documents. The sisters said they spoke to police investigators and Child Services officials in 2006, only after they were assured that their statements would not be made public because they were minors at the time.
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. The outlet dropped the bombshell information about the report in a number of articles but the Duggar sisters argue that under Arkansas law, In Touch should have never been provided details regarding information that pertains to sexual misconduct involving children. The Duggar sisters said in the lawsuit that they were minors in 2006 when they spoke to investigators about the Josh molestation.
The girls say the explosive report caused them to be victimized all over again, as the family suffered much public scrutiny after Josh's actions came to light.
The four girls were stars on the TLC reality show that documented their personal lives growing up in Arkansas, raised by parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
In a statement, the Duggars said they're only suing to protect all children who are victims of abuse. Additionally, they claim, In Touch "scandalized [their] experiences as victims of sexual abuse by their brother". Not only was their show 19 Kids And Counting canceled, but the whole scandal totally overshadowed Jessa's one and only wedding. Ugh! "We're victims. They can't do this to us". Duggar Sisters Sue Cops & "In Touch Weekly" for Releasing Josh Molestation Reports https://t.co/JqJQD4p6dT - TMZ (@TMZ) May 18, 2017 The tabloid first broke the news of the Duggar family's molestation case in May of 2015.