It’s been four years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls while he was still in his teens.
The revelation of the crime — along with the fact that four of Josh’s victims were his sisters — sparked widespread outrage and calls for TLC to cut ties with the family.
At first, the boycott threats appeared to be effective.
TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting, which at the time was the bedrock of the Duggars’ media empire.
But remarkably, the family managed to make a comeback, and within a year, the entire Duggar clan — sans Josh, of course — had returned to the network that made them famous with the 19 Kids spinoff Counting On.
Most celebrities in a similar position would have been eager to sweep the entire incident under the carpet — but not the Duggars.
No, from the very start, the Duggars have made it clear that they intend to seek revenge on the legal authorities and media outlets who they feel are responsible for Josh’s sex scandal.
Josh Duggar has filed suit against Springdale, Arkansas police department for releasing information regarding the case, as well as against In Touch Weekly for being the first to publish that information.
All of his claims have been thrown out of court, and a judge recently ordered Josh to stop filing lawsuits.
But the judge did not issue a similar command to Josh’s victims.
Yes, from the very start, the Duggars have maintained a united front with regard to Josh’s sex crimes, and four of his sisters — Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, and Joy Duggar — have now filed a suit accusing In Touch of violating their privacy.
Today, those sisters scored a major legal victory when a judge threw out the opposing counsel’s motion to have their case dismissed.
While the tabloid’s coverage of the crimes never mentioned the sisters by name, the judge stated today that In Touch did publish “other identifying information,” which would make it possible for interested parties to determine the identities of four of the five victims.
“The content and circumstances of these disclosures do not just meet the standard of ‘shockingly degrading or egregiously humiliating,’ they illustrate them,” the judge wrote.
With this legal hurdle cleared, it’s now far more likely that In Touch will offer the Duggars a cash settlement.
So while the suit was not filed by Josh, it now looks as though the man who launched this scandal will finally receive the revenge he’s been seeking.
We’ll continue to update you on this developing story as more information becomes available.