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Duggar sisters reportedly sue city, police officials

Duggar sisters sue city police and In Touch magazine Duggar sisters file privacy suit against city, magazine
Tobias Pedroso | 19 May, 2017, 20:08

Two years later, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar are suing the city and police of Springdale, Arkansas, for releasing the documents with their testimony, as well as the publishers of In Touch for publishing them.

Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar are suing the city, the county and the publishers of InTouch Weekly for breaching their privacy.

In the suit, they claim that they had spoken to authorities in 2006 about the sexual assault when they were all minors, and were assured their statements would only be shared with police and child services.

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.

Their brother Josh confessed to having molested four of his sisters and a babysitter after In Touch published a 2006 police report and apologized for his actions. According to the sisters, the release of the documents violated their right to privacy as minors involved in a sexual misconduct case.

The Duggar sisters appeared on the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting", which chronicled the lives of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and their children.

The sisters say they were further victimized by all the scrutiny of their family after In Touch's report was published. The Duggar sisters said they were suing on behalf of all children who have been victims of molestation. 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.