SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The first hearing in the Duggar sisters’ lawsuit against the city of Springdale began Monday, Sept. 25.
The lawsuit came after four of the Duggar sisters alleged that Springdale officials had violated their privacy, by releasing reports that documented the sisters’ accounts of sexual molestation by older brother Josh Duggar.
U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks heard oral arguments from both the plaintiff and the defense counsels today.
The lawsuit claims that police assured the family that information from the investigation and their interviews would be available only to law enforcement, juvenile court and child services personnel. But the information was released to ‘In Touch Weekly’ in 2015, making the story national news and exposing the abuse on a large scale.
Arkansas law protects the testimony of minors, and the lawsuit claims the city and the county violated that statute.