The fallout from the Duggars’ sexual molestation scandal and damage control interviews continues, as In Touch magazine has learned exclusively that the Springdale, Arkansas police chief accused the family of slandering her.
Jim Bob Duggar was asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on June 3 if he knew of “any motivation” for police chief Kathy O’Kelley “to want to hurt your family.”
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Jim Bob threw out the possibility that the chief had been bribed to release the police report of a 2006 felony investigation into Josh Duggar for multiple counts of sexual molestation. Amazingly, Kelly did not challenge the assertion. (The police report was released to In Touch magazine through a Freedom of Information Act request, after city attorneys determined the information was public under state law.)
“I think I have been slandered and wonder what they will say next,” Kelly wrote in a June 4 email, obtained exclusively by In Touch magazine via another FOIA request.
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O’Kelley, writing to a government colleague, said in her email: “…missed last night [the Duggar interview]…not sure they had a good pr firm or how they arrived at pointing the finger of blame at me – I think I have been slandered and wonder what they will say next.”
Jim Bob later claimed that O’Kelley had a “personal agenda” to get him before she retired. Springdale mayor Doug Sprouse called the Duggars’ comments “outrageous and categorically false” in a June 8 statement that did not mention the family by name.
The Duggars have not retracted their comments about the police chief.
As In Touch reports exclusively in the magazine on sale now, the family is again being investigated by the Department of Human Service and a 911 call was placed by a DHS worker who was denied access to check on the welfare of a minor.
For all the details on the Duggar scandal, pick up the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.