The Duggar Family has finally taken legal action over the release of the legal documents that revealed to the world that Josh Duggar had molested five girls (including four of his little sisters) during his teenage years.
TMZ broke the news that the four Duggar sisters who were revealed to be Josh’s victims–Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy— filed a lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas, as well as the city’s police officials, for allowing the legal documents detailing the sexual abuse to be released.
The publishers of In Touch Weekly, which was the magazine that released the bombshell report in 2015, is also named in the Duggar girls’ lawsuit.
According to TMZ, the girls state in their lawsuit that, back in 2006, they told the city’s police officials what Josh had done to them. The girls, who were all minors at the time, claim they were assured that “their statements would only be shared with police and child service officials.”
“They say In Touch filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 to obtain the police files,” TMZ reports. “However, in the suit, the sisters say under Arkansas laws the police are forbidden from disclosing any information related to sexual misconduct involving children.”
The Duggar girls all claim that they were further victimized when In Touch made their private confessions public. Although the girls’ names were, indeed, redacted from the documents before the release, some information was left visible that revealed that four of Josh’s five victims were related to him, causing the public to be able to figure out which sisters were the victims.
After the magazine released the documents, Jill and Jessa appeared on a special and tearfully stated that they were shocked and horrified when they found out the documents were circulating the Internet.
Josh’s fifth victim, who is not related to him, has yet to come forward. Last summer, it was reported that she was ready to go public, but that never happened.
Since the documents went public, the Duggar family has been threatening to take legal action against the responsible parties. A month after the documents were released, the City of Springdale released a statement claiming its reps did what the law demands them to do in situations like this.
“On 5/20/15, in full compliance with Arkansas Law, the Springdale Police Department responded to a records request under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act,” the statement read. “The requested record was not sealed or expunged, and at the time the report was filed, the person listed in the report was an adult. Any names of minors included in the report, as well as pronouns, were redacted from the report by the Springdale Police Department in compliance with Arkansas law prior to release.”
The Duggar girls have not mentioned the lawsuit on their social media accounts, but in a statement to TMZ, the family claims that they are only suing “to protect all children who are victims of abuse.”
The Duggar girls involved in this event are all adults now, and Jill, Jessa and Jinger are all married. Joy is due to get hitched this weekend.
UPDATE: Click hereThe City of Springdale has responded to the Duggar girls’ lawsuit, stating that it is “without merit.” for the latest details!