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Amy Duggar Says 'Justice Has Been Served' After Woman Pleads Guilty To Attempted Extortion

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Jul. 25 2012, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Entertainment Editor

The woman charged with attempting to extort the Duggar family and the parent company of the network that airs the TLC hit show 19 Kids and Counting pleaded guilty on Wednesday and Amy Duggar, her intended target, exclusively told that she believes “justice has been served.”

Teresa Hunt entered her guilty plea to one count of extortion in federal court in Davenport, Iowa.

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As previously reported, Hunt was arrested in February following a dramatic investigation that began after she pitched what she deemed “incriminating and damning” photos of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s niece Amy and her older music career mentor, James Garrett to various media outlets, including

Teresa then reached out to Discovery Communications, parent company of TLC, to pay her $10,000 or cancel the family show to keep her from releasing the "shocking photos" of Amy and James, who is 21 years her senior.

She was busted in an FBI sting when an undercover agent contacted Hunt and told her he was a Discovery Communications representative and she told the agent that she had three $3,000 contracts from outlets who were interested in purchasing the pictures. Hunt emailed the pictures to the agent as proof and then demanded the $10,000 be wired to her bank account or she would release the photos.

“I think that justice has been served,” Amy Duggar exclusively told

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“It is a sad situation and it didn’t affect me at all,” she said. “I laughed it off completely because there was no truth to the matter. I’m deeply saddened that she is going to have time in prison and I hope to God she gets her heart healed, whatever is hurting her. You can’t get by with things like that trying to extort a huge network.”

Amy said she was never afraid of what the photos would reveal.

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“It’s a humbling situation because your reputation gets slandered. I have nothing to hide, no guilt no shame and there is no truth to what she said. I’ve never met her, I know nothing about her.  She was a complete stranger that made allegations against me that were completely false.”

James, 56, stars in a John Denver tribute show in Branson, Missouri, and although he and Amy spend a lot of time together he told us it's strictly business related.

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A devout Christian, Amy said that she harbors no bad feelings toward Teresa.

“I forgive her; I have no hard feelings against her.  It is something I can’t help; you have to laugh it off.  It’s probably not the first time she’s tried to do this to anyone. I know who I am in Christ, I know who I am as a person.”

Sentencing is scheduled for November 9, and the charge carries a possible two-year prison term maximum.



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