Recently, Jill Duggar Dillard and three of her sisters lost an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against their Arkansas city and county for publicly identifying them as sexual abuse victims (via People). This prompted Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, to express their angered reaction in a statement on their personal webpage, which in turn caused a stir on social media.
Katie Joy, who reports on the Duggars and other reality stars on her Without a Crystal Ball blog, posted about the Dillards’ comments, which led to a lively discussion in which the Megyn Kelly interview was mentioned. One follower expressed skepticism about “get[ting] paid for an interview about the situation you’re claiming to have been defamed by,” and Derick himself retorted, “We were not paid a single cent, and the whole ordeal was borderline duress/coercion. … The opposite is true, it was devastating.”
Joy personally reached out to Derick to get clarification. “I asked him if Jill was given a script to follow during the interview,” she said. “Derick Dillard told me this, ‘I’m pretty sure, but I honestly don’t remember 100%. It was nearly [seven] years ago. I do know she was heavily coached to stay within a certain narrative.’ He then asserted that the interview was not done voluntary by Jill.”
If you, or anyone you know, have been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).