Duggar Family Friend Bill Gothard Accused Of Rape, Molestation
The Duggar family is facing yet another shocking sex scandal.
The Christian clan’s beloved mentor, Bill Gothard, was slapped with a $500,000 lawsuit in Illinois’ DuPage County Circuit Court on Wednesday, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Ten former female members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles accused the ministry’s founder and other religious leaders with “sexual abuse, harassment an cover-up,” The Washington Post reported.
One woman reportedly claimed the 81-year-old Duggar friend raped her, while another alleged he sexually molested her as a young girl.
As Radar previously reported in October, a group of five of the same plaintiffs previously filed a lawsuit against the IBLP and various board members, including Bringing Up Bates patriarch Gil Bates, accusing unnamed IBLP leaders with “sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate/unauthorized touching. ”
RadarOnline.com exclusively reveal that a judge dismissed the case, but the women— Gretchen Wilkinson, Charis Barker, Rachel Lees, Rachel Frost and a Jane Doe— vowed to refile an amended complaint.
And did they ever: The new document is allegedly 114 pages long and filled with damning accusations.
Gothard resigned from his position in the ministry last year amid sexual harassment allegations from more than 30 women.
According to The Washington Post, Gothard has denied the new suit’s accusations.
“Oh no. Never never. Oh! That’s horrible,” he reportedly said. “Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”
Of course, Josh Duggar is currently facing his own sex abuse lawsuit. Porn star Danica Dillon, 28, claimed the 27-year-old father of four left her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following two nights of rough sex.