Mama June Shannon will file a lawsuit against TLC this week if “19 Kids and Counting” is not canceled amid Josh Duggar’s admission that he sexually molested five underage girls, including his own sisters. Mama June made the revelation just days after announcing her 45-pound weight loss and Honey Boo Boo’s 8-pound weight loss.
Mama June’s attorney told TMZ May 24 he believes Mama June can win a $1 million jury verdict if the lawsuit goes to trial. If “19 Kids and Counting” is not canceled, Shannon won’t sue if TLC brings “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” back.
Mama June claims her family’s rights were violated when TLC abruptly canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in October 2014, just hours after news surfaced that she had resumed dating ex-boyfriend Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who had served jail time for sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.
That girl was later revealed to be June’s daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, who discussed her sexual abuse in subsequent TV interviews. Anna, 20, is now married and pregnant with her second child.
Mama June said Josh Duggar’s conduct was far worse, yet “19 Kids and Counting” has not yet been canceled. Last week, TLC pulled “19 Kids” from its lineup amid reports Josh had confessed to sexually molesting five underage girls (including his sisters) when he was a teenager.
June also slammed Duggar family patriarch, Jim Bob Duggar, for covering up Josh’s child molestation even though he knew about it for more than a year before reporting it to the police.
The lurid allegations were first reported by InTouch, which learned from police reports that Jim Bob Duggar had waited more than a year after Josh confessed to being a child molester before going to authorities.
In the shocking 2006 police report, five underage girls accused Josh of sexually fondling their breasts and genitals, in some cases when they were asleep. Jim Bob Duggar told authorities Josh had apologized to his victims and they had “forgiven” him.
A furious Mama June said unlike Josh Duggar, she never molested anyone, and her child molester ex-boyfriend never appeared on her TV show.
Shannon is seething that TLC is hesitating to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” even though Duggar confessed to molesting his own sisters. Josh is now married and has three children: two boys and one girl. Another girl is on the way.
“I read the Duggar family said, ‘This happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other,” said Mama June. “So they’re saying it’s OK to have family touch time? H*ll no.”
Honey Boo Boo Weight Loss: Lost 8 Pounds, June Lost 45
Mama June recently revealed Honey Boo Boo, 9, is making great weight loss progress after a failed weight loss intervention on “The Doctors,” Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
Mama June said Honey Boo Boo (whose real name is Alana Thompson) has lost 8 pounds during the past month with diet and exercise. The 4-foot-9 Alana now weighs 118 pounds.
Shannon also said she has lost 45 pounds during the past few months. In 2013, Mama June lost 120 pounds with a low-carb diet. Shannon reportedly plans to get weight loss surgery soon to reach her goal weight of 226 pounds.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets fuel rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Mama June’s other daughter, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, has lost 26 pounds. “I’m proud of the changes Alana, Pumpkin and myself have made and continue to make,” said Honey Boo Boo’s mom.