Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' fame has lost his lawsuit against the publisher of 'In Touch' according to the New York Post's Page Six. The publisher ('Bauer') publicly relea sed records relating to Josh Duggar's molestation investigation.
What lead to Josh Duggar being investigated?
Josh Duggar, the oldest child on “19 Kids and Counting,” was investigated on claims he molested five minor girls, including his sisters, a bombshell report claims. According to police documents obtained by In Touch magazine, Josh (who is now a 27-year-old married father of three) was accused of molesting the girls before Springfield, Arkansas, police opened a felony investigation in 2006. The allegations against Josh, beginning in 2002, include forcible fondling. (The New York Post / Page Six)
Josh Duggar and his siblings sued the publisher after the release of the molestation records.
In June of this year, Duggar and his sisters separately sued In Touch’s parent company, Bauer Publishing, claiming that the local police had provided In Touch with their names, even though their identities should have been redacted by the cops before being handed over to the magazine. Duggars sisters Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Duggar filed suit in Arkansas in June, and Duggar later joined the suit, making similar claims against the magazine and the police.
The publisher relied on the First Amendment for its defense against Josh Duggar.
On Thursday an Arkansas district judge booted the case against In Touch, saying the First Amendment protected the magazine because the information it published was true and that, even if the cop broke the law when they provided the Duggars’ unredacted names, In Touch “cannot be held liable for the city’s and county’s failure to follow the law.”