Two years after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal went public, he may have finally crossed a line by trying to piggyback on his sisters’ lawsuit.
Earlier this year, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna Duggar filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas police department that released the records of Josh's sexual abuse, as well as the owners of Us Weekly.
In their joint lawsuit, the sisters claimed that the released documents did nothing more than cause them pain, and since the girls were all minors when the abuse happened, it was illegal to release the story.
The lawsuit has essentially confirmed the family’s beliefs that the media, not Josh, is to blame for this whole mess.
In interviews following the bombshell scandal, the four sisters also revealed that they had forgiven Josh for molesting them as children.
But Josh has clearly taken their generous forgiveness a step too far.
As most readers know, Josh actually attempted to piggyback on his sisters’ lawsuit, claiming that he too was a victim in the scandal, as the released documents allegedly destroyed his reputation.
Now, attorneys for the four sisters are making it clear that Josh’s victims are drawing a line.
"Deciding claims based on protecting victims of sex crimes from disclosure, while at the same time, having those claims consolidated with the perpetrator of those crimes will be confusing to the jury," the documents state.
"It would be next to impossible for a jury to ignore the perpetrator sitting next to the victims, yet decide the different issues, different claims and different damages that apply for victims as compared to perpetrator," the documents continue.
The lawyers go on to say that the sisters have no intentions of putting themselves on the same side as their molester.
"Consolidation would undoubtedly give the false impression that the victims and the perpetrator are 'in this together,'" the attorneys argue. "Forcing the victims to join their claims with their perpetrator's claims would further traumatize the very victims Arkansas law is designed to protect."
Back in May, the Duggar sisters explained why they decided to file the lawsuit.
"This case is solely about protecting children who are victims of abuse. Revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it's against the law," the statement reads. "The media and custodians of public records who let these children down must be held accountable. This case has vast implications for all our children. We hope that by bringing this case to the public's attention, all children will be protected from reckless reporting."