The family's lawsuit stems from the 2006 investigation into claims that Josh, then a minor, had inappropriate sexual contact with some of his sisters years earlier. According to court documents obtained by ET, InTouch allegedly submitted a request for the offense report, incident report and other investigation documents under the Freedom of Information Act and later published articles about the investigation in 2015.
Josh's sisters, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Duggar, filed the lawsuit last month, claiming that as minors at the time, they were advised that their statements would remain confidential and only available to law enforcement. They also claim that releasing of the records was in violation of Arkansas codes, and are seeking relief for an unspecified amount of damages for invasion of privacy.
In his filing on Friday, Josh says that since the "illegal and arguably criminal" release of records to a tabloid magazine with worldwide distribution, he has suffered "severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and economic harm both to his personal and professional reputations." Josh is asking for an unspecified amount of damages, including attorney's fees.