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Sex abuse victim to file lawsuit against Josh Duggar: report

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One of Josh Duggar’s molestation victims is planning to file a lawsuit against the reality show star and former anti-LGBT activist.

The suit will be filed by a victim who is not a family member, reported InTouch Weekly – which first broke the news about the molestation case.

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The new report is based on anonymous sources.

Two of the 27-year-old Duggar’s sisters appeared last month on Fox News and admitted their brother had molested them more than a decade ago at their family’s home.

He molested two other sisters as they slept, according to investigators, along with a babysitter who was staying at the Duggar home.

Duggar admitted to sexually abusing the girls but was never prosecuted because police did not learn about the claims until the statute of limitations had run out.

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A legal expert quoted by InTouch said victims would still be able to file a civil suit against the “19 Kids and Counting” star under Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130 – which allows civil action when a sexual abuse victim starts to experience the effects of the abuse years later.

A lawsuit would almost certainly force Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to reveal what they knew about their son’s pattern of sexual abuse and any actions they took to cover up his actions.

“All the church elders who knew about this will have to be named,” a source told the magazine.

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The legal expert told the magazine that the couple would not be able to invoke the Fifth Amendment because the criminal statute of limitations has expired for any crimes related to the alleged cover-up.

TLC has shelved their long-running popular reality show in the wake of the revelations but has made no long-term decision about the program.

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