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In lawsuit, 4 sisters of Josh Duggar say details 'improperly' released in sex-abuse case

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published May 19, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.


The Duggar family, the stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," are shown in this undated publicity photo.

Four relatives tied to a sexual-abuse investigation into Josh Duggar are suing authorities in Arkansas as well as a magazine publisher, claiming that they improperly released sensitive information.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, lists the plaintiffs as Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Duggar.

Attorneys for Josh Duggar’s four sisters say the family members, all under the age of 16 at the time of the investigation, were promised confidentiality during interviews.

[DOCUMENT: Read full lawsuit filed by Duggar sisters]

In December 2006, the Springdale Police Department initiated an investigation into accusations of molestation against Josh Duggar. The alleged offenses happened between March 2002 and March 2003.

Instead, officials in Springdale acted “hastily and improperly” in releasing related reports through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted May 15, 2015, by In Touch Weekly, the lawsuit states.

The tabloid, the relatives’ attorneys claim, intended to use such information to “exploit plaintiffs’ experiences as victims of child molestation for their own gain.”

"No charges were brought in relation to the investigation, and no written order authorizing the disclosure was ever received," according to the filing.

[PHOTOS: Josh Duggar through the years]

In response, legal counsel for the city of Springdale called the claims "without merit," false and "misguided."

"As we stated nearly two years ago, the city takes seriously its responsibilities to the public under the FOIA as well as its obligations to protect the privacy of victims," attorneys for the city said, adding that the family was "regularly informed of the status of the request prior to the production of the redacted report."

[DOCUMENT: Read the city of Springdale's full statement on the Duggar lawsuit]

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages against the defendants and "an award of reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and expenses" to the plaintiffs.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

Titleist? Where are thou.. This one makes me too sick to even post..

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Kharma says... May 19, 2017 at 12:34 p.m.

"Money, it's a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash. New car, caviar, four star daydream ..."


"The love of money is the root of all evil"


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TimberTopper says... May 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

They are probably going to give the money to the poor of NW AR.

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gagewatcher says... May 19, 2017 at 2:39 p.m.

wasn't it the Duggars who first sought the spotlight about their incredible fertility and wanted some kind of notoriety for having so many mouths to feed ? seems like they want the lime light only on their on grounds.

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wolfman says... May 19, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

what a freak show. Words just can't explain how crazy this family is.

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LRDawg says... May 19, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

Lol these animals should have been spayed and neutered a long time ago! They made their bed....SLEEP IN IT! What a mess lmao

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AuntPetunia says... May 19, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.

The Duggars may be loathesome, but it was still inappropriate for the details of the under aged girls to be made public.

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nrb says... May 19, 2017 at 5:19 p.m.

They can't help it! They are just STUPID and sickening! One would think there is nothing happening in the news, to report on something as vile as this.

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RBear says... May 19, 2017 at 5:58 p.m.

How much more crazy do we have to endure of this insane family. All in the name of money, er God.

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Razrbak says... May 19, 2017 at 10:08 p.m.

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act does not require notification to non-public employees (like the Duggar's) when a FOI request is received for public records that pertains to them, like a police report or court records. The only claim the Duggar's might have is if the Police Department responded to an FOI request from a non-citizen of Arkansas. Only a resident/citizen of the state can make a FOI under the AFOIA. This case might cost the Duggar's money, to pay the legal fees and costs of the other parties.

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