In case you’ve forgotten.
Back in May of 2015, In Touch magazine alleged that, Josh Duggar of the TLC reality show 19 and Counting and a leader at Tony Perkins’ anti-LGBT hate group the Family Research Council had molested several young girls, including two of his sisters, while they slept. Not only that, but his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, knew about it and tried to cover it up. After the story broke, Josh admitted the molestations occurred but insisted that God had forgiven him. As a result, TLC canceled the Duggars’ reality show and Josh lost his job at the FRC.
Now Josh who works as a used car salesman for his younger brother in Arkansas is suing on the grounds that claims that investigators with Arkansas State Police and Washington County promised to keep their reports of his sexual misconduct confidential.
He says officials broke their word when they released his files to In Touch after receiving a Freedom of Information Act request, and that the reports were poorly redacted, containing identifying information, including both his and of his parents’ names, their address, and the identification of one of the alleged victims, his then-5-year-old sister.
“Plaintiff continues to be emotionally upset and humiliated by the disclosure of his identity as a juvenile offender and the intimate details of those acts, including the fact that his siblings were the alleged victims.”
Duggar wants punitive damages for invasion of privacy, outrage, due process violations, and emotional, mental and psychological distress after he says the gossip rag “sensationalized” his incest scandal and exploited his family’s name to sell magazines.
The city of Springdale and the officials named in the lawsuit immediately filed a motion to have the case dismissed, saying “The truly egregious conduct at issue was that of Josh Duggar and not the Springdale defendants.”