In 2015, fans of the Duggar family and their television show, "Counting On" were shocked to learn that the eldest Duggar son, Josh, had been accused of molesting four of his younger sisters and an unnamed fifth minor. Though some have suspected the fifth victim is Amy Duggar King, the Duggars' first cousin, she has actively denied this is the case.

Although the Duggar Family attempted to keep the event under wraps, In Touch Weekly found out about it through a series of police documents. While the victims' names were redacted, it was clear who they were due to the fact that they were listed as siblings of Josh Duggar and their ages are well known.

As a result, Josh Duggar attempted to join a lawsuit his sisters, the victims, served the In Touch Weekly and the City of Springdale. Josh was denied the addition to the lawsuit, but both parties have lost their cases thus far against the magazine.

Case dismissed against In Touch Weekly.

There were two separate suits against In Touch Weekly, but both for violation of privacy over the incident. Josh Duggar sued because he was a minor at the time, while his sisters sued because they never wanted the information made public.

The four sisters who have named themselves as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Forsyth. However, the judge ruled that In Touch Weekly did not print anything that was false. He also stated that if the City of Springdale made a mistake with regards to the redaction of the minors' names, the magazine could not be held responsible. Therefore, they are within their First Amendment rights to print whatever they wish, as long as it is not knowingly false.

Ongoing proceedings.

The Duggar sisters are still in the process of suing the City of Springdale. The judge dismissed the case against some of the police who were working there at the time, but would not allow the dismissal against three of the police officers. The proceedings will now continue with them as the sole defendants. Josh Duggar is also still suing the City of Springdale, though they claim they were never served any papers for the lawsuit.

The Duggar family has been widely criticized for how they handled the entire situation. Josh Duggar reported to the police and was sent away for a while, before rejoining the family. He was then in hot water again after the Ashley Madison privacy breach in which is was determined that he had been using his account to cheat on his wife, Anna Duggar.

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