Supporters of Amy Duggar -- aka Cousin Amy on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting -- are taking to Twitter and Facebook to rally around the victim of an apparent extortion plot.
Teresa Hunt is facing federal charges after being arrested for threatening the TLC parent company and the Duggar family: The Iowa woman allegedly demanded that Discovery Communications cancel the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting or pay her $10,000 -- otherwise she would release compromising photos of 25-year-old Amy, Jim Bob Duggar's niece, in an intimate setting with a man twice her age.
According to an affidavit, Hunt sent Discovery Communications a letter providing details of Amy Duggar's alleged affair with the older musician. Hunt reportedly tried to sell photographic evidence of said affair to RadarOnline.com -- who described the photos as merely harmless snaps rather than incriminating, damning photos.
RadarOnline did not purchase the photos and claimed to have no knowledge at the time of the extortion plot.
19 Kids and Counting follows the life of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, a deeply religious couple who have 19 children. According to RadarOnline, Hunt is quoted in the affidavit as accusing the Duggars of popping out babies to keep their ratings up.
Amy Duggar denied the affair in a statement to RadarOnline.
It's totally untrue, Duggar reportedly said. 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.
The country singer also made apparent references to the plot on Twitter. The people that matter don't care, and the people that care about this don't matter, Duggar tweeted on Tuesday. She has also retweeted numerous messages from supporters.
People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you, read one retweet. But how strong you stand is what makes you.
Duggar's Facebook page has also seen an outpouring of support - primarily from fellow members of the Christian faith.
Amy, remember Jesus Christ was hated and had many enemies, actually He still does, wrote one. Look at this experience as a chance for character building. Every life experience can be writen [sic] into a Country song.