Josh Duggar claims that media reports about molesting his sisters caused him 'severe emotional distress'

Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar filed a lawsuit against In Touch Weekly for publishing details about them being molested by their older brother -- and now, in a bizarre development, that same brother is attempting to join in on the lawsuit, citing "severe emotional distress."

Josh Duggar and his family have acknowledged that he molested four sisters as well as another young woman when they were children. The information was kept secret until In Touch published a bombshell report detailing the disturbing family history in 2015.

Last month, the Duggar sisters filed a breach-of-privacy lawsuit seeking damages against the magazine and Arkansas law enforcement for publicly disclosing police documents about the case. The documents were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.

On Friday, June 2, Josh Duggar filed a motion asking to formally join the case, citing "severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and economic harm both to his personal and professional reputations" as result of the publicity.

In the motion, Josh says that while his sisters received worldwide support following the published reports, Josh did not receive any public consolation: "The released reports ... will continue to haunt him and cause him financial and emotional injury for the rest of his life."

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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.
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It's an odd update to an already-odd lawsuit: The Duggars' claims are based on an Arkansas law regarding the disclosure of information involving minors. However, In Touch didn't identify the minors -- they identified themselves. In Touch seemingly complied with these privacy laws, omitting the names of Josh's victims. His youngest victim was five years old at the time of the abuse.

Jessa and Jill identified themselves as two of the victims during a televised interview with Megyn Kelly, while Jinger and Joy have now confirmed their identities by filing the lawsuit. The fifth victim is still unidentified.

The lawsuit claims that In Touch identified the sisters as victims by including the names of their parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the patriarchs featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting." In Touch did not legally have to redact Jim Bob and Michelle's names as they were not minors. As the TV title suggests, the two are parents of 19 children, thus complicating assertions that the four girls were easily identifiable.

Separate from the sexual abuse scandal, Josh made headlines in past years after he was exposed as an avid user of Ashley Madison, a website for men seeking affairs. His wife, Anna Duggar, is currently expecting their fifth child.

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