'19 Kids and Counting' Extortion Plot: Woman Arrested in FBI Sting
Not everyone is a fan of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 Kids and Counting show on TLC. A woman has been charged with trying to extort Discorvery Communications, the parent company of TLC, to either cancel the show or pay her $10,000.
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According to The Associated Press, Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, Iowa, threated to release a compromising photo of a cast member from 19 Kids and Counting.
Hunt was arrested on Feb. 1 after she reportedly sent letters to television executives detailing an affair the cast member allegedly had with a 56-year-old musician.
Radar Online previously reported the photo was of Amy Duggar, a first cousin of the family who has appeared on the show.
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An undercover FBI agent called Hunt saying he represented Discovery and she then sent him an email with photos, according to the affidavit.
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Hunt reportedly wrote in the email that she didn't like the musician and "he owes me money." She also reportedly said she didn't have a reason to hurt the cast member “except that she’s on a reality show and pretends to be a right-wing Christian and she’s sleeping with a 56-year-old man.”
Amy denied the woman's claims to Radar Online saying, “It’s totally untrue. 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.”