Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

They allege city and county investigators promised them confidentiality. The names were redacted, but it was soon revealed that the girls he'd abused were his own sisters, crumbling (for a time) the Duggar empire.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Arkansas Constitution, the Arkansas Child Mistreatment Act and the Arkansas Juvenile Code by disclosing information the sisters and others had been explicitly assured would remain confidential.

Duggar sisters Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar have sued their hometown police as well as In Touch Weekly for revealing that their brother, Josh Duggar, had molested them when he was a teenager. At the time, the four girls were minors.

Government officials redacted information from the offense report and incident report before releasing the documents, attorneys said, but left ample information available to identify the victims, the sisters' attorneys said.

The four were among the "19 Kids and Counting" on the TLC reality show that chronicled the personal life of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The Duggar sisters added in the lawsuit that the release of the documents and publication of stories based on the documents by In Touch magazine led to undue scrutiny and victimization of their family. Back in 2015, In Touch Weekly, responding to an insider tip that Josh Duggar had molested his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teen, started digging around Springdale, Washington County, and Arkansas State Police records. With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well.

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Josh Duggar was forced to enter rehab after stories broke about his sexual abuse of minors, which his father kept hidden from police. "This case is exclusively about protecting children who are victims of abuse, ' the sisters" attorneys said in a statement.

There's a new turn in the molestation scandal that rocked the popular Duggar family from 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On.

The Duggar sisters are reportedly suing not only city and police officials but also county officials and the publishers of In Touch.

The information in the reports made it easy to identify which of the sisters were victims of the crimes. 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. Instead, they seem to be following the playbook of Hulk Hogan, who brought down Gawker with an invasion-of-privacy claim.

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