Fourth Estate Staff
Springdale, AK, United States (4E) - Duggar sisters Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy-anna Duggar filed a lawsuit against Springdale, Arkansas city and police officials regarding the release of information involving their brother, Josh Duggar, regarding the molestation scandal that brought the family's reality show to an end.
The Duggar family became famous for their reality show "19 Kids and Counting" but advertiser started pulling out from the show after the scandal surrounding Josh reached the national headlines.
The sisters said that when they talked to investigators about the molestation in 2006, they were assured that their statements will only be shared with police and child service officials. All four sisters were inappropriately touched by Josh in the past.
The information was released to In Touch magazine. The filing claimed that In Touch filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 to obtain the information about the police reports. However, under Arkansas laws, police are not allowed to disclose information related to sexual misconduct involving minors.
The sisters went on to claim that the magazine's reporting exposed them as victims on an international level. They also said that they are suing in order to protect all children who are victims of abuse. Of the four sisters, only Jill and Jessa have confirmed being victims of their brother.
A spokesperson for Springdale responded to the lawsuit saying, "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. … 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."
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