19 shitty news items about the Duggars and counting! New information reveals that Josh Duggar sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services in 2007, 9 months after the Department of Human Services began investigating him for child molestation.

While the Duggars have yet to release a statement as to why Josh Duggar sued (or regarding any of his legal dealings), sources speculated that the lawsuit was to challenge the Department of Human Services’s findings or a decision that the department made.

Of the molestation charges, In Touch reports:

Police referred the matter to the Families in Need of Services agency, which has jurisdiction over minors. The Department of Human Services (DHS) was then brought into the case, In Touch has learned. Nine months after those agencies entered the Duggar molestation case, Josh Duggar sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services. A trial was held on August 6, 2007.

The results of the investigation into the Duggars and Josh’s trial are sealed. But a source familiar with the Duggar investigation told In Touch it was likely that Josh “appealed the DHS decision or finding from their investigation.” The source notes that DHS had the authority to apply “restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims.

“Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation. As part of your appeal rights you can request a DHS hearing to challenge what they found and their ruling.”

For such a fan of the old biblical ways, the Duggars sure are fans of modern-day litigation.

[In Touch]


Starting her own quiver: Keira Knightley! E! News reports that the actress gave birth to her first child with James Righton on Tuesday, May 26. Sorry for that “quiverfull” joke, Keira. You, your husband, and child are probably not in a cult and definitely don’t need that shit right now. Anyway, congrats! [E! Online]


During an interview with BBC Radio 1, Taylor Swift reflected on being a pop star and—unlike many of her contemporaries—managed to keep things in perspective. “It’s not that hard, I’m telling you now it’s really not,” she explained. “...When I was starting out I’d go on tour for three months and I was gone for three months. Now almost ten years in I thank God we get to play bigger shows so I don’t have to play as many...If we’re playing stadiums, I’ll do two or three a week, not five shows a week, then I get to fly home in between. It’s not that bad.” [NYDN]


  • At least Lindsay Lohan still believes in Lindsay Lohan. [TMZ]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the club/thought Charlize Theron was “astonishing” in Mad Max: Fury Road. [Just Jared]
  • Putting their house on the market is not helping Nicole Richie and Joel Madden quell those divorce rumors. [THG]
  • Not sure if you figured this out yet, but John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are in love. [Gossip Cop]
  • Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have started a record label. [THG]
  • Would you watch Kylie Jenner do a TED Talk on chemtrails? [ONTD]
  • Martin Sheen talked about feeling helpless while witnessing Charlie Sheen’s meltdown in 2011, didn’t mention how the other 48 years of Charlie’s lifelong meltdown made him feel. [US Weekly]
  • Buffy and Willow, together again! [NYDN]
  • And new Robyn music on the way? Is it Christmas? [ONTD]

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