Arkansas judge halts lawsuit by reality TV's Josh Duggar

U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks ruled Monday that he would stay proceedings in the lawsuit filed by Josh Duggar until deciding on Springdale officials' motion to dismiss the case. (MGN Photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A judge has halted a lawsuit filed by reality TV personality Josh Duggar over the release of information related to allegations that he sexually abused his sisters as a child.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal judge issued the ruling Monday in a lawsuit filed against city officials in Springdale, Arkansas. The decision stops proceedings until the judge decides on the city's motion to dismiss the case.

Duggar alleges the city wrongly released information related to allegations against him from 2006. The city argues public officials are protected from being sued under qualified immunity.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Duggar filed the lawsuit in July after withdrawing from a separate lawsuit his sisters filed. It alleges police documents were improperly released to a magazine.

His suit seeks $75,000 in damages, lawyer's fees and a jury trial.

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