Josh Duggar Wants to Get In on His Sisters' Lawsuit
He says InTouch's abuse revelation caused him 'extreme mental anguish'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2017 10:50 AM CDT
In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

(Newser) – Four of Josh Duggar's sisters are suing over the 2015 revelation by InTouch Weekly that Josh molested them—and Josh wants to join the lawsuit, the AP reports. Per Josh Duggar's lawyers, he suffered "unwarranted public scrutiny" like his sisters did after the story came out. The sisters involved—Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, and Joy Duggar—say they were promised confidentiality by investigators (they were minors when the police report on the matter was written). But lawyers say that promise was not kept: Though their names were redacted in the report InTouch obtained, the sisters argue the magazine was easily able to identify the victims as Duggar girls because their parents' names were not redacted. The sisters are also suing the city of Springdale and Washington County in Arkansas for breach of privacy.

In his complaint to join the suit, Josh Duggar says the InTouch story forced him "to relive painful memories and experiences" and that he was "subject to the humiliation and extreme mental anguish of being publicly identified." His attempt to join the lawsuit has resulted in some incredulous reaction: The Huffington Post headline on the matter, for example, reads, "Josh Duggar Has The Audacity To Claim Molestation Reports Caused 'Emotional Injury.'" The site also notes that, unlike his sisters, Josh was legally an adult when he first spoke to investigators, though his name was redacted, too; his sisters' suit argues that children who have been molested need to be protected, noting that "revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it's against the law."

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