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Duggar Sisters Sue Police For Releasing Incriminating Evidence In Molestation Case

Duggar Sisters Sue Police For Releasing Incriminating Evidence In Molestation Case

Josh Duggar resigned his position as a lobbyist with the conservative Family Research Council in 2015 after he admitted he fondled four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teen.

They're reportedly suing city and police officials for handing over brother Josh Duggar's report, detailing the molestation of his sisters, to In Touch magazine.

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.

In May 2015, In Touch Weekly sent a Freedom of Information Act request for the incident report after getting an anonymous tip. 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.

In its report, In Touch did not identify Josh's victims by name. "We're victims. They can't do this to us".

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The TLC stars claim that investigators approached them about the allegation, and they demanded and received promises of confidentiality.

At the time the accusations surfaced in the media, Jim Bob and Michelle spoke out about their eldest son. They allege that because of the magazine's report, they have been "subjected to spiteful and harsh comments and harassment" on social media from those who have "chastised their personal decision to forgive their brother". "Revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it's against the law".

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 Duggars' lawsuit is one involving public figures who are famous for holding a certain set of values and supposedly living a specific lifestyle.

It's been nearly two years since news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke, and the Duggar family still hasn't quite recovered. You'll recall, in the months following the story. the Duggars' show, "19 Kids and Counting", was canceled, and Josh entered a rehab program.