Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

Jill Jessa Joy Jinger Duggar TLC

Jill Jessa Joy Jinger Duggar TLC

In the suit, they claim that they had spoken to authorities in 2006 about the sexual assault when they were all minors, and were assured their statements would only be shared with police and child services.

Four sisters of Josh Duggar who were revealed to have told police that they'd been molested by their older brother filed a federal breach-of-privacy suit Thursday against the city of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas, and publishers of the magazine that first revealed their identities.

In 2015, In Touch magazine got their hands on a police report showing an investigation into Josh Duggar from 2006, for molesting girls. 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. It was Jessa and Jill who identified themselves as two of Josh's five underage victims when they participated in an interview with Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File". However, they say that the city and county went back on the promise by releasing documents requested by InTouch Weekly under the freedom of information act. 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. Additionally, they claim, In Touch "scandalized [their] experiences as victims of sexual abuse by their brother".

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It's been nearly two years since news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke, and the Duggar family still hasn't quite recovered. With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well.

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. The Duggar sisters said they were suing on behalf of all children who have been victims of molestation. You'll recall, in the months following the story. the Duggars' show, "19 Kids and Counting", was canceled, and Josh entered a rehab program.

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