Duggar Family News: Lawsuit Motion Reveals Josh Duggar’s Ex-Girlfriend Penned Letter That Uncovered Sexual Abuse

Josh Duggar’s trial revealed a lot about his teenage behavior. Former family friend, Bobye Holt, testified that Josh sexually assaulted his sisters and a family friend as a teen. A lawsuit filed by several of his victims against the city of Springdale, Arkansas, revealed even more about what happened inside the Duggar family home and how the situation became common knowledge inside the family’s insular social circle. The suit finally divulged who authored a famed letter summarizing what was happening inside the home and how that information made its way through the ultra-conservative Christian circles the Duggar family ran in. 

A federal judge dismissed Duggar siblings lawsuit against Washington County and the City of Springdale, Arkansas

A federal judge has officially tossed out a lawsuit that four Duggar sisters filed against Washington County and Springdale, Arkansas officials. According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a judge tossed out the case because the plaintiffs had not met the burden of proof. 

Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar sitting on a couch to talk about Josh Duggar
Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar | Ida Mae Astute/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The publication noted that judge Timothy L. Brooks did offer a scathing review of the officials named in the lawsuit. He said that the seasoned officials showed an alarming amount of ignorance of state law that protects victims of sexual abuse. He went on to say that there was proof the defendants did try to conceal identities, though. They were unable to do so because of the famous nature of the family. 

Kaeleigh Holt penned the infamous letter

Duggar family followers finally have an answer regarding who penned an infamous and much-discussed letter. The motion that dismissed the Duggar sister’s lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas, named the author of the letter believed to be the first report of Josh Duggar’s molestation of his sisters and a family friend. 

The motion revealed details of the case, including that Kaeleigh Holt penned a letter that outlined the goings-on inside the Duggar family home, including the sexual abuse. The eldest Holt daughter wrote down what she overheard her parents speaking about and what they told her. At some point, she slipped the note into a book she had been reading. 

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sit down for an interview with Megyn Kelly
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According to the court documents, the writing stayed inside the book for several years. It accidentally fell into the hands of another church member when Holt lent the book out. From there, the molestation inside the Duggar house became common knowledge among those in the family’s social circle, dividing many. 

The letter likely led to two tips that came into the Arkansas Department of Human Services Hotline in 2006. The Memorandum Opinion and Order document stated that one tip came from Harpo Studios, Oprah Winfrey’s production company. The production company called the hotline after it received an email from an anonymous source. The email outlined the abuse ahead of the Duggar family’s scheduled appearance on the show. The family never appeared. 

A photo of Josh Duggar from the Duggar family after his arrest
Josh Duggar | Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

The second tip came from an anonymous source. Duggar family followers strongly suspect a member of the family’s church placed that call, although that person’s name is unknown. It’s possible a blog poster named Alice could have been behind it. Alice, whose identity remains secret, outlined significant issues inside the Duggar home in an obscure blog comment dating back decades.

Bobye Holt testified about her knowledge of the molestation at Josh Duggar’s trial

While the revelation that Kaeleigh Holt was the author of the infamous letter might have come as a surprise to some Duggar family followers, the rest of the information presented in the court documents likely wasn’t. Bobye Holt, Kaeleigh’s mother, testified at Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial. She disclosed when she learned about the molestation and discussed what happened inside the home. Bobye revealed that Kaeleigh and Josh Duggar had been in a relationship, and were expected to marry at some point. The molestation scandal ended the courtship.


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Later, after her testimony, Bobye took to social media to share more of her thoughts. She even suggested Jim Bob Duggar needed to withdraw from the State Senate run he announced shortly before Josh Duggar’s trial began. Bobye called for Jim Bob to take care of what was going on inside his home instead of turning his sights on politics.  

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