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4 Duggar Sisters Sue Over Josh Molesting Revelation

Friday, 19 May 2017 06:11 AM

Four sisters of Josh Duggar filed a federal breach-of-privacy suit against InTouch Weekly magazine for first revealing their identities as minors, along with the family's Arkansas hometown where police originally had been told the girls were molested by their older brother.

The four were among the "19 Kids and Counting" on the TLC reality show that chronicled the personal life of parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. It was pulled from the network last year over revelations that Josh, oldest of the Duggar siblings, had molested four of his sisters and a baby sitter.

Attorneys for Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar filed suit Thursday in federal court in Fayetteville against against the city of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas, and publishers of the magazine for breaching their privacy, reported The Associated Press.

They are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Their attorneys allege in a 39-page complaint that an anonymous tipster told city and county investigators that Josh Duggar had molested the four between March 2002 and March 2003, when the four were minors.

When the investigators approached the sisters, they demanded and received promises of confidentiality, but the city and county breached that promise when documents requested by the magazine under a freedom of information act contained information that made it easy to identify the sisters.

They allege the magazine then exposed them globally.

"This case is solely about protecting children who are victims of abuse," the sisters' attorneys said in a 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."

Messages left with representatives of the city, county and publishers of the magazine drew no responses Thursday.

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Four sisters of Josh Duggar filed a federal breach-of-privacy suit against InTouch Weekly magazine for first revealing their identities as minors, along with the family's hometown where police originally had been told they were molested by their older brother.
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