Four members of the Duggar family are suing InTouch Weekly as well as the city of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas for breach of privacy. The women say they were assured confidentiality when they spoke to investigators about molestation committed by their older brother, Josh Duggar.
Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar allege that confidentiality was illegally broken when the city and county released documents confirming their identities. In addition, they are suing InTouch for globally exposing the information.
The initial InTouch story ran on May 21, 2015, stating that patriarch Jim Bob Duggar had told Arkansas State Police that his son Josh had molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. The information was sourced by a redacted police report obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, which also indicated that four of the molestation victims were Duggar's siblings.
In 2003, Josh Duggar confessed to Jim Hutchens, an Arkansas State Trooper, whose response was to give Josh a "stern talk." Hutchens is now serving a 56-year prison sentence on unrelated charges of child pornography.
Although he evaded legal charges, Josh Duggar, now 29, has continued to see his share of scandal: He was exposed as an active user on Ashley Madison, and a pornographic actress accused him of sexual assault. Josh and his wife, Anna, have four children and are expecting their fifth later this year.
Strangest Duggar family rules
Strangest Duggar family rules
The Duggars are only permitted to join social media after they're engaged to be married. Yup, you read that right -- no ring, no Instagram. Jinger launched her Instagram account just after announcing her engagement to Jeremy Vuolo.
The strict social media rule means that oldest daughter Jana (far right) is unable to have any social media accounts, as she's still single at 27.
The only permitted show of physical affection before marriage are side hugs. That means that the kids' very first kisses are on their wedding days. Jessa and her new husband decided to keep theirs a little private: "We didn’t do ours on stage," she said. "We had ours in private after the ceremony. We ran out and then went to a room by ourselves. That was really special for us."
Although sex is forbidden before marriage, the Duggar parents expect that once vows are exchanged, the lovemaking commences -- often. "You need to always be available when he calls," Michelle has said.
Nearly all dates must be chaperoned by parents Jim Bob and Michelle. If neither parent is available, an older sibling will tag along to keep an eye on things.
Duggar daughters are required to exclusively wear dresses and skirts -- so fans were stunned to see newly-married Jinger wearing shorts and pants! According to reports, her husband gave her permission to do so.
All texts are group texts. Yup! There are no private convos going on here. One example: When Ben Seewald jokingly texted fiance Jessa "Give me a ring," dad Jim Bob was looped in to quickly respond, "No ring yet."
This one's a given. There is no smoking or drinking to be had at any times with the Duggars.
This may not be an explicit rule, but according to the Duggar daughters, mom Michelle always has the house stocked with pregnancy tests for her married daughters.
The family does not approve of Halloween, reportedly saying that magic and witches are representative of a "demonic realm God wants us to stay away from."
No bikinis for this family -- or really, any average swimsuits at all. "It's just too hard for the guys to try and keep their eyes averted." Michelle has said. Although they've previously said beach trips are forbidden, the family did hit the coast in 2016.