Josh Duggar has fired back at the man who accused him of stealing his photo to catfish women on the internet and is demanding the lawsuit be tossed out.
Matthew McCarthy sued the disgraced reality star last year after claiming his picture was hijacked for use on Twitter, OkCupid, and Ashley Madison, the infamous cheaters hookup website.
The photo was apparently plucked from the internet by Josh – after he googled ‘random guy’ – and then used it to create a misleading OkCupid profile which was linked to one of Josh’s email addresses.
Father-of-five Josh Duggar has fired back at the man who accused him of stealing his photo to catfish women on the internet and is demanding the lawsuit be tossed out
Matthew McCarthy, a DJ in California, sued the disgraced reality star last year after claiming his picture was hijacked for use on Twitter, OkCupid, and Ashley Madison, the infamous cheaters hookup website
McCarthy, a DJ in California, has sought damages claiming he’s lost gigs and has received nasty messages referring to him as ‘Duggar’s boy toy’ and DJ Duggar, as a result of the scandal.
Duggar, 29, was issued a summons to appear in court this May in Los Angeles.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Duggar filed a motion to quash the summons arguing that he could not be sued in the state of California.
Although McCarthy has pointed out that the 19 Kids and Counting star made trips to the Golden State, Duggar’s lawyers allege Josh has not had any contact with anyone in the state through any form of a dating website.
‘If a visit to California creates jurisdiction, then California courts have jurisdiction over virtually everyone in the United States,’ the motion read.
‘[Duggar’s] two visits here in 2013 and 2015 have nothing to do with [McCarthy’s] claim that [Duggar] used his picture on the internet. Neither involved contacts related to this lawsuit.’
It was revealed that the father of five’s email address was also linked to a fake Facebook account for a ‘Joe Smithson’, which Duggar used to flirt with strippers and lingerie models.
Looking for love: McCarthy’s image was used for an OK Cupid account linked to Josh Duggar’s email address
Duggar admitted to cheating on his wife Anna in 2015 after he was outed as having an account on Ashley Madison, which boasts the tagline ‘Life is short. Have an affair.’
The Christian reality TV star admitted to cheating on his wife Anna in 2015, saying he’d been ‘the biggest hypocrite ever’ after he was outed as having an account on infidelity website Ashley Madison. He also blamed his actions on an online porn addiction that spiraled out of control.
‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,’ he said in a statement.
‘While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.
‘I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.’
Josh and Anna married in 2008 and have five children, including a baby boy who was born last month.