Josh Duggar is in new legal trouble. Matthew McCarthy, a photographer and DJ, is suing Duggar for allegedly using a photo of McCarthy for various dating and social media profiles, including Ashley Madison, OKCupid and Twitter.
Duggar, a former executive director for the antigay Family Research Council who rose to fame with his family’s reality TV show 19 Kids And Counting, was found to have a premium, “guaranteed affair” subscription when affair hookup site Ashley Madison was hit with a data leak outing the information of the site’s users.
Duggar admitted to being unfaithful to his wife Anna and claimed to have an addiction to pornography. He checked into a Christian-based rehab center. He reportedly checked out and returned home to Arkansas in March.
McCarthy is seeking undisclosed damages, claiming a loss of work and harassment due to Duggar’s use of his picture, reports People.
He claims he has earned nicknames such as “DJ Duggar” and “Duggar’s boy toy.”
In the filing, he states it has resulted in “prolonged pain and suffering, anxiety, depression, embarrassment, humiliation, loss of self-esteem and extreme and severe mental anguish and emotional distress including but not limited to frequent panic attacks, disruption of sleep and insomnia, mood changes, fits of anger, a loss of interest in pursuing both professional and personal endeavors, and a complete loss of self-confidence.”
McCarthy also alleges that his close-knit, Catholic family has been on the receiving end of harassment.
The filing claims Duggar “acted willfully, maliciously and impressively…with full and deliberate disregard for the consequences [to McCarthy]” and that McCarthy “reasonably fears that he will continue to be shunned, avoided, embarrassed and subjected to ridicule.”
TMZ claims that last they “heard” Duggar was working at a car dealership.