Amy Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' denies 'intimate' photos in extortion plot
Amy Duggar has spoken up about being the center of an extortion plot against the TLC network and her alleged "intimate" photos.
An Iowa woman named Teresa Hunt was arrested on February 1 after sending TLC executives a letter demanding they cancel "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000 to prevent her from releasing photos of Amy Duggar in "apparently intimate situations" with a 56-year-old musician.
Duggar is the 25-year-old niece of Jim Bob Duggar and has appeared on the TLC series "19 Kids and Counting."
Amy Duggar, an aspiring country singer told Entertainment Weekly that there are no compromising photos of her with the musician, who is a family friend.
"It's totally untrue. He is a longtime family friend who has always been supportive of my music career," Duggar said in a statement. "He's a good Christian and it's upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."
The Duggar family recently made headlines when Michelle Duggar, the 45-year-old matriarch, suffered a miscarriage on December 8, a month after she and husband Jim Bob revealed they were expecting their 20th child.
The reality star, who had suffered complications with her last pregnancy, was in her second trimester and was due to give birth in April.
The conservative Christian Arkansas-based pair and their 19 children, whose names start with a J, appeared on NBC's "Today" show on November 8 to reveal the news of that Michelle Duggar was expecting a 20th child.
On the program, she addressed concerns about her age, saying that she was trying to maintain a healthy diet and fitness regime. The risk of miscarriage is highest among women older than 40 and especially among those who have suffered one in the past.
The couple's youngest child, Josie, was born premature - at 25 weeks old - in December 2009 after Michelle Duggar suffered preeclampsia and gall bladder problems. She dubbed the girl her "miracle baby."
Michelle Duggar miscarried during her second pregnancy about 20 years ago, despite being on birth control pills. After the tragedy, the Duggars decided to "let God decide how many children we would have," according to a message on their website.