The Duggar family’s hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, has been stuck in a legal dispute with former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar for the past few months, but now the city is pulling out all of the stops to silence the former reality star.
Radar Online is reporting that new documents the city filed in Duggar’s privacy lawsuit requested the judge for an order of protection to block the father of five from requesting any more discovery materials in the case. The filing comes just days after the city had asked a judge to dismiss the case entirely.
The city of Springdale claims that the oldest Duggar child sued the city and Washington County, Arkansas, back in March, and since then he hasn’t taken any action. However, that contradicts previous claims that Duggar had “served interrogatories and requests for production of documents to the city.”
Springdale now says that a protective order would free them from Duggar’s discovery requests while they are waiting for the Judge to rule on their motion to dismiss. They also slammed Duggar’s lawsuit and claimed that Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest son is trying to trick the judge because it is nearly identical to the suit Duggar filed last year at the federal level that the court eventually tossed out.
“The only new claim that Joshua Duggar brings in the instant case is a claim for false light invasion of privacy. Nonetheless, all of the claims in the complaint in Duggar1 are based upon the same events and subject matter as the claims in the case at bar,” the document stated.
The city of Springdale also claims that Duggar – whose siblings currently star in TLC’s Counting On – left out some vital information in his latest lawsuit. They say he deleted the fact that a news article detailing his molestation of five young girls when he was a teenager had already been published before the city released its response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
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The city’s lawyers also blast Duggar as “absurd” and “ridiculous” for believing that the police would destroy the documents related to his crimes when he turned 21.
Duggar claims in his lawsuit that he suffers from “emotional distress” and a loss of income because the city released police records showing that he did molest the five minors, including four of his sisters.
The judge has not yet ruled on the case. And, the city of Springdale refuses to settle with Josh Duggar out of court.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC in 2019.