Members of a family that has received wide exposure on reality TV filed a lawsuit against police officials and the city of Springdale, Ark., along with In Touch magazine. TMZ.com reports that Duggar sisters Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy are suing over the release of investigative reports detailing Josh Duggar’s admitted molestation of his siblings.
The Duggar family was prominently featured on the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which was canceled by the cable channel in 2015 after the allegations surfaced.
“According to the lawsuit, they say they had spoken to investigators in 2006 about the molestations — when they were all minors — and they were assured their statements would only be shared with police and child service officials,” TMZ reports. “They say In Touch filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 to obtain the police files … publishing at least 8 stories about the investigation. However, in the suit, the sisters say under Arkansas laws the police are forbidden from disclosing any information related to sexual misconduct involving children.”
Josh Duggar entered a rehab program in the months after the reports surfaced.
The report quotes a spokesperson for the city of Springdale daying: “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.”