Gil Bates, the patriarch of the Bringing Up Bates clan and a close friend of the Duggars, has been named in a large sex abuse lawsuit against the Institute of Basic Life Principles. In the lawsuit, five women claimed Gil helped cover up the abuse they suffered while involved with the IBLP, the religious group the Duggars also follow.
Category: Gil Bates
Tonight is the series premiere of UP TV's Bringing Up Bates featuring Duggar buddies Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 children. To help you keep up with all those Bateseses we've created a handy dandy "family tree" with photos of Ma and Pa Bates, all their children, all their children's spouses, and even their grandchild -- complete with birthdays and ages!