Four of the Duggar sisters are suing for a breach in privacy
20 May, 2017, 06:50 | Author: Mae Harvey
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.
The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Arkansas Constitution, the Arkansas Child Mistreatment Act and the Arkansas Juvenile Code by disclosing information the sisters and others had been explicitly assured would remain confidential.
Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy (the fam's spinoff-worthy "fab four", if you will) filed a lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas over the 2015 police documents, according to TMZ. A short time later, a Duggar who was still a minor petitioned the court to destroy the records, according to Hollywood Life.
The 19 Kids and Counting stars are seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages, according to Arkansas Business.
The sisters say they were further victimized by all the scrutiny of their family after In Touch's report was published.
The suit states that the four sisters told police they allegedly were molested by Josh between 2002 and 2003, when they were minors. 5NewsOnline has the full original statement by the Springdale mayor, which also notes that the police department consulted not only with the city's own attorney, but with multiple other agencies as well before releasing the police report detailing the incidents in the Duggar family home. Josh was also forced to enter a rehab program.
Messages left with representatives of the city, county and publishers of the magazine drew no responses Thursday.
Two of the sisters, Dillard and Seewald, are now featured in the reality television show, "Jill & Jessa: Counting On", that debuted in March, 2016 on TLC. "This case is exclusively about protecting children who are victims of abuse, ' the sisters" attorneys said in a statement. Duggars Sue In Touch Over Molestation Stories https://t.co/fb299Uwl23 pic.twitter.com/nhXM506wm9 - Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) May 19, 2017 But Gossip Cop noted that closed sexual misconduct cases in which the victims' names were redacted from the documents and released after the offender was no longer a minor are exempt from the legal prohibition. Instead, they seem to be following the playbook of Hulk Hogan, who brought down Gawker with an invasion-of-privacy claim. The sisters said they had forgiven their brother and accused the news media of having harmed them more than their brother.
They both railed against all the reporting at the time, stating that the focus was tantamount to a "re-victimization that's even a thousand times worse".
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