February 07, 2012 02:08:44 GMT
An Iowa woman has been arrested for demanding the cancellation of the show or $10,000 in exchange for not releasing compromising photos of Jim Bob Duggar's niece.
The Duggar family has found themselves a target of an alleged extortion plot. According to federal court documents, an Iowa woman by the name of Teresa Hunt has demanded TLC parent company Discovery Communications to cancel "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000 to keep her from releasing "intimate" photos of Jim Bob Duggar's niece.
An affidavit in U.S. District Court in Davenport revealed that Hunt sent Discovery a letter in January claiming that Amy Duggar had an affair with a 56-year-old musician. In the letter, she also said that the Duggars "claim to be so Christian so they keep popping out more babies to keep their ratings up."
Hunt was arrested by the FBI last Wednesday, February 1 in a sting operation in which a federal agent posed as a representative for Discovery Communications, and is facing one count of extortion. Radar Online, which was first to report about her arrest, claimed to have been offered the photos, describing them as "merely harmless snaps rather than incriminating, damning photos."
Amy Duggar herself denied she is romantically involved with the musician. "It's totally untrue," the 25-year-old insisted in a statement to Radar. "He is a longtime family friend who has always been supportive of my music career. He's a good Christian and it's upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."