Woman charged with extortion over '19 Kids and Counting'

Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM ET

The Duggar family

It looks like someone really doesn't like the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," which follows the Duggar parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, and their 19 children.

Teresa Hunt of Bettendorf, Iowa, has been charged with trying to extort Discovery Communications, the parent company of the TLC network, to either cancel the show or give her $10,000. In exchange, according to federal documents, she would not release photos of a  cast member in "apparently intimate situations" with an older man.

Radar Online reported that the alleged subject is Amy Duggar, the 25-year-old niece of Jim Bob. She is a country singer who sometimes appears on the reality program. 

According to the Associated Press, Hunt was arrested on Feb. 1 after an undercover FBI agent posed as a network exec, saying he was following up on a letter she sent. According to the affidavit, Hunt identified herself as a photographer who had the supposedly incriminating photos, and later e-mailed several images to the agent.

The message also noted that Hunt had nothing against the young woman "except that's she's on a reality show and pretends to be a right-wing Christian and she's sleeping with a 56-year-old man."

In a statement to TODAY, Amy Duggar denied any inappropriate relationship with the older gentleman. "(He) is a longtime family friend who has always been supportive of my music career," she said. "He’s a good Christian and it’s upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."

Discovery had no comment on the situation.

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