Josh Duggar welcomes baby after his lawsuit over fondling claims is halted

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A new baby for shamed ex-reality star Josh Duggar comes after his lawsuit against hometown was halted.

Ex-reality TV star Josh Duggar is a father for the fifth time, but the good news comes on the heels of bad news: His lawsuit against his hometown has been blocked from going forward by a judge. 

A post on the Duggar family's website says he and wife Anna welcomed son Mason Garrett Duggar.

"He arrived today without complication and we already adore him," the post said. "The entire family is ecstatic over the arrival of another beautiful blessing." 

The baby news came a day after a federal judge stopped proceedings in Josh Duggar's lawsuit against city officials in Springdale, Ark., over the release of police records related to allegations he fondled his underage sisters years before when he was a teenager.

The records, showing that police had investigated Duggar for molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter, were the basis of a story published in a tabloid magazine in 2015. 

At the time, Duggar and his parents posted on the family website confirming he had confessed to the fondling and apologized years before.

Duggar and his sisters subsequently filed separate lawsuits against Springdale arguing that city officials illegally released the records. The city argues public officials are protected from being sued under qualified immunity, meaning it's generally difficult to sue public officials performing official duties. 

The decision by the judge on Monday halts proceedings in Josh Duggar's lawsuit until the judge decides on the city's motion to dismiss the case. 

In the aftermath of the sexual-abuse scandal, Josh Duggar was dropped from the popular TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, about the Duggar family and their many children. Josh is the eldest son.  

Duggar also was dropped from his prominent political post as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a powerful family-values Christian group in Washington. A few days later, the 29-year-old also posted a confession apologizing for a pornography addiction and for cheating on his wife.

As the scandal unfolded, public criticism grew and advertisers fled; eventually 19 Kids and Counting was pulled from the TLC schedule, although it was later replaced by Counting On, which focuses on his sisters and their young families.

Contributing: The Associated Press
 

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