Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine

Four of the Duggar sisters are slapping the city and police officials with a lawsuit for releasing the investigative reports regarding their brother Josh's molestation of his younger siblings.

Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy (the fam's spinoff-worthy "fab four", if you will) filed a lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas over the 2015 police documents, according to TMZ.

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. That was after an anonymous tipster reported the girls had been molested by their brother.

Messages left with representatives of the city, county and publishers of the magazine drew no responses Thursday. The Duggar sisters claimed in their lawsuit that the decision of city officials and police to release the molestation documents to In Touch magazine violated Arkansas laws that forbid police and city officials from disclosing information relating to sexual misconduct involving minors.

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Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy argue that, after In Touch used the details of their case to publish at least eight articles, they were "victimized" by the public.

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 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. In a statement, the Duggar family has said they're only suing now to "protect all children who are victims of abuse".

They both railed against all the reporting at the time, stating that the focus was tantamount to a "re-victimization that's even a thousand times worse".

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