The Duggars are suing their Arkansas hometown– and the city is not happy about it!
Yesterday, news broke that four of the family’s daughters– Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Duggar— filed a lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas, as well as two of the city’s police officials and In Touch Weekly magazine, in regard to the city releasing documents related to the Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal.
In the lawsuit, the Counting On stars claim that the city was wrong to release the documents that contained the statements they made to the city police (as minors back in 2006) about Josh molesting them. (Click here to read all about the lawsuit the Duggar girls have filed.)
The Duggar girls claims that the city releasing the documents to In Touch, and the magazine’s eventual story about them, exposed the four girls as victims on a global level, according to the AP.
One day after the lawsuit was filed, the City of Springdale released a statement about it.
“[The lawsuit] claims that that the release of a heavily redacted police report pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act Request was somehow unlawful,” the statement reads in part. “The claims and allegations in this lawsuit are without merit and are false, and we are confident that the Federal Court will take the time to carefully hear the facts and arguments in this matter.”
The City also implies that the lawsuit is simply a money-grab by the Duggars.
“It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the Plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and seeking damages from public tax dollars,” the City states. (Click here to read the City’s full statement.)
In a statement of their own, the Duggar girls claim that they are only taking legal action to help prevent other children against ‘reckless reporting.’
“This case is solely about protecting children who are victims of abuse,” Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy said in the statement. “Revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it’s against the law. The media and custodians of public records who let these children down must be held accountable. This case has vast implications for all our children. We hope that by bringing this case to the public’s attention, all children will be protected from reckless reporting.”
They may be referring to the fact that the police documents released were redacted to remove the victims’ names and other information; however, enough info was left in the documents that it was easy for people to realize that the victims were Josh’s four younger sisters. (Click here to see an example of one of the police records that had identifying info left in.)
On Friday, Jill tweeted a link to a story about their lawsuit, along with a message.
“We hope our lawsuit will send a clear message that releasing the names of juveniles is never OK,” she wrote.
The Ashley will update this story when more information is available.