Josh Duggar Is Now Claiming That Reports He Molested His Sisters Caused Him 'Emotional Injury'

The Duggars in 2011. Image via Getty.
The Duggars in 2011. Image via Getty.

Josh Duggar reportedly wants to join his sisters’ breach-of-privacy lawsuit over the publication of allegations that he molested them.


In Touch first published the bombshell allegations against Josh in 2015, having gotten a police report regarding the allegations via FOIA. (The sisters’ names were redacted, but the door blew off pretty quickly.) In May, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy Duggar filed suit against the both the police and city of Springdale, Arkansas for turning the documents over, and against In Touch for publishing them. An important part of their argument is that they were minors at the time, and Arkansas law says the cops aren’t supposed to disclose info about sexual misconduct cases involving minors.

The Daily Mail now reports:

Josh Duggar is trying to join his sisters’ lawsuit against Arkansas police and In Touch Weekly seeking damages for the ‘harm’ he suffered following the tabloid’s publication of a 2015 story which claimed he molested his siblings.

Court documents obtained exclusively by show the disgraced reality star, 29, has filed a motion to intervene in the case stating he has suffered severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, and harm to both his personal and professional reputations.

The documents apparently claim that “released reports have subjected [Josh] to exposure only in an intensely negative light for actions he engaged in as an indiscreet youth and that will continue to haunt him and cause him financial and emotional injury for the rest of his life.” The city has countered his claims in a statement, saying, “It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the Plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and seeking damages from public tax dollars.”

Anyway, he’s back on social media as of Friday, with Us Weekly covering the birthday festivities for his and Anna’s kid like these are all just regular folks who happen to be famous.

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So a few months ago one of my dogs was attacked and seriously hurt by another dog at the dog park. The owner ran away when she saw that my dog was injured, and when I saw her again, she refused to give me her name because she said her dog only attacks dogs who deserve it, so it was clearly my dog’s fault.

After I got her license plate number and reported the attack to Animal Control, she tried to file a report against my dog, because she said it was very traumatizing for her poor dog to have to rip my dog’s throat out.

I think she and Josh Duggar would get along swimmingly.