After a non-related victim came forward to say she was also molested by Josh Duggar and filed a civil suit, we thought all the twists and turns had happened in this case. But now, Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, might be facing a lawsuit as well, according to a new report!
Josh Duggar, 27, learned in June that a another victim, unrelated to the Duggars, filed a civil suit against him for molesting her when he was a teenager. She was upset about seeing the Duggars go on TV trying to defend Josh and the family, and wanted to have him be held accountable for his actions. And while the statue of limitations has run out on Josh’s crimes, he can still face a civil suit from the victim — and surprisingly, so can Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, according to a new report! What’s going on here?
The victim, who is choosing not to identify herself during this tough time, has the ability to sue Jim Bob and Michelle on charges of engaging in a in a civil conspiracy and negligence, according to InTouch Weekly. The charges stem from the parents’ inability to stop Josh when they knew that he was committing acts that caused “injury to others” — and spent years hiding his crimes. Per Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130, civil action is allowed when when a sexual abuse victim starts to feel the effects of their trauma years later. This poor woman.
Looking not too great for the Duggars’ case? Because the statute of limitations has run out, they aren’t allowed to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights! Read: they’re unable to refuse to answer questions thrown at them, and are required to answer anything and everything truthfully. Yikes.
“A good civil litigator will ask all the questions that [Fox anchor] Megyn Kelly failed to ask or failed to get answers to in her interview with Jim Bob and Michelle,” said a law enforcement insider who spoke to InTouch. Nice dig at Megyn, dude!
What’s In Store For Jim Bob & Michelle?
In court, Jim Bob and Michelle will face a slew of questions that remain unanswered thus far. They knew that Josh had molested his sisters — including Jill and Jessa Duggar — at least seven times between 2002 and 2003. So why didn’t they get professional intervention for Josh and help for their daughters immediately at the time of the incident?
They’ll have to explain when Josh got counseling, which church elders knew about the molestations, and what happened when the family was initially investigated; the Department of Human Services paid them a visit in 2007, which ended with Josh suing the agency to seal or expunge his records. This isn’t looking too peachy for the family.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Jim Bob and Michelle should have been served this lawsuit?
— Samantha Wilson