COUNTING On's Duggar sisters admitted to needing a "lifelong therapy plan" over their brother Josh’s molestation scandal in a lawsuit against cops.

In 2015, a 33-page Arkansas police report about the Duggars was released to In Touch, as it stated dad Jim Bob had confessed to local authorities that his eldest son Josh fondled the breasts and genitals of young girls while they were asleep in the famous family's home years prior.

Four of the Duggar sisters are suing the Springdale, Arkansas police department and several of its employees over the release of the report.

Jill, 30, Jessa, 29, Jinger, 28, and Joy-Anna, 24, are still pursuing their lawsuit against the Arkansas police department and its employees who helped release documents.

Jill and Jessa previously came forward as victims of the conduct described in the report, revealing their brother Josh, 33, had molested them as children.

Sisters Jinger and Joy-Anna are also suing over the report, though they have not publicly come forward as victims of the alleged molestation.  

The sisters are allegedly considering a settlement, but are reportedly not looking to recover their lost potential profits.

According to The Ashley, one of the attorneys representing the Duggar girls stated on court that it was "not even worth the trouble" for the girls to seek lost wages from the dropped 2015 scandal, since they were paid so little for appearing in the franchise television show.

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However, the sisters are seeking money to have a "lifelong therapy plan" to recover from the emotional distress.

The girls' attorney, Steven Bledose, told their judge Timothy Brooks: "We’re not going to seek any damages for lost wages, lost past earnings or lost future earnings.

"The categories of damages we are going to seek—it’s basically all going to be based on the witnesses’ testimony."

He continued: "We want a life care plan involving the cost of therapeutic intervention in these four women’s lives over a period of time to address the emotional issues that are arisen from this nationwide disclosure since they’re public figures. 

"And then the emotional distress-type damages and punitive damages."

Their judge Timothy Brooks is the same judge who presided over Josh's child pornography trial.

Josh was found guilty of child pornography charges and taken immediately into custody after a dramatic court case.

The ex-TLC star now faces up to 20 years behind bars on each guilty count.

He is expected to be sentenced in three months.


Jill and Jessa came forward as two of Josh's alleged victims in a 2015 interview with Megyn Kelly, where they insisted they had forgiven Josh, who was never charged, for his wrongdoings. 

In May 2017, Jill and Jessa sued the City of Springdale, police department employees and other Defendants for invasion of privacy and more, claiming releasing the records caused "extreme mental anguish and emotional distress.”  

The Sun exclusively revealed the trial has been postponed to April 18, 2022 with a backup date of June 20, 2022 if the court has scheduling conflicts. 

The trial is expected to last seven days and will include an eight-person jury. 

The order sets out what is expected from the day: “The purpose of the settlement conference is to precipitate settlement of this case, if that is appropriate.  

"It will be conducted in such a manner as to not prejudice any party in the event settlement is not reached that all matters communicated to the undersigned (judge)… will not be disclosed to the trial judge. The undersigned of course will not serve as trial judge in this case.” 

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for April 11, 2022. 

Depositions to be used at trial must be filed by March 14, while a “final” witness list must be submitted by April 4. 

A settlement conference has been set for February 18.

The Sun previously reported the trial had been scheduled for December 9, 2021.

But their brother Josh’s child pornography trial lasted from November 31 to December 9 with the same judge. 


The Sun also recently reported the famous sisters hired attorney Hilary Potashner to join their legal team. 

The former Federal Public Defender’s bio reads: “Having built her reputation as a skilled courtroom advocate, Hilary is being honored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section as the 2020 Defense Attorney of the Year.” 

The attorney has other accolades and major case wins listed on her law firm's website as well. 

One source close to the family told The Sun that Josh’s conviction on child pornography charges could impact the outcome in the sisters' case.

The insider said: “They've been allowed to proceed on their case against the police department and a couple of police officers.

"That was supposed to go to trial the same week as Josh’s trial, but it got reset.

"If there is a trial, the damages could be cut as a consequence of Josh’s conviction.” 


On December 9, Josh was found guilty on child pornography charges, ending an explosive two-week trial.  

The eldest Duggar son was taken into custody immediately after the verdict came in, and is expected to remain in jail until his sentencing in 2022.  

The Sun obtained video showing Josh being led into a booking area by an officer.  

He was handcuffed with his hands behind his back.  

Josh was first arrested in April, more than a year after Homeland Security raided his Arkansas car dealership.  

He was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography.  

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673). 

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