In their 39-page complaint, portions of which are available via New York Daily News, the sisters allege that the police had promised them that their complaints would be confidential, but that police retained enough information that their identities would be revealed to anyone who looked at the records. The names were redacted, but it was soon revealed that the girls he'd abused were his own sisters, crumbling (for a time) the Duggar empire. They say that under Arkansas law, information collected involving minors is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Four of Josh Duggar's sisters are suing city and police officials, as well as In Touch magazine, for releasing investigative reports which detailed Josh's now admitted molestation of his siblings. They allege that the city and county breached that promise when documents were released to the magazine containing enough information to identify the sisters.
Four stars of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting have reportedly filed lawsuits against their city and their local police department. Back in 2015, In Touch Weekly, responding to an insider tip that Josh Duggar had molested his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teen, started digging around Springdale, Washington County, and Arkansas State Police records. The Duggar sisters added in the lawsuit that the release of the documents and publication of stories based on the documents by In Touch magazine led to undue scrutiny and victimization of their family. "It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and are seeking damages from public tax dollars".
It's been nearly two years since news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke, and the Duggar family still hasn't quite recovered.
In all, the four sisters are suing the police, the city, the county and In Touch for damages.
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. Though the names of the victims in the account were redacted, along with other identifying information, the family's response included massive amounts of publicity, public statements, and interviews. #BibleMuseum @museumofbible A post shared by Anna Duggar (@annaduggar) on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:06pm PST Two of the sisters, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard, gave a public interview in which they expressed that they and the other sisters had forgiven Josh, and that everything had been fine until it was uncovered.