Is the Duggar family trying to get disgraced Josh back on good terms with viewers? The oldest Duggar sibling, who once molested five women in their family home, joined his parents and siblings to congratulate Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger on their pregnancy.
Josh was all smiles alongside his wife Anna, parents Jim Bob and Michelle, sisters Jessa and Joy-Anna, and brother-in-laws Ben Seewald and Austin Forsyth. “We’re so excited for you guys and so grateful for you,” he said. “And looking forward to having a new little one, a new little cousin for our five little M’s.
This is the first time Josh has been on camera with his sister Jessa, who came forward as one of the victims, since the scandal broke in 2015.
It also appears the family is in the girls’ bedroom, which breaks the Duggar family’s strict rules that were set when Josh committed the twisted sex offense between 2002 and 2003. The curtain and pink-colored walls appear to be the same as the girls’ room, which was featured on 19 Kids and Counting. Duggar sisters Jana, Johannah, Jordyn, Jennifer and Josie still live in the family home.
On The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, the family discussed the rules they enforced after Josh confessed to his parents about the molestation when he was a teen. Jill, who also came forward as one of the victims, said during the interview, “Locks on the doors. Everybody is in bed. Girls in the girls room, boys in the boys room.”
Jim Bob added, “Nothing ever happened like that again in the girls bedrooms after that. We had safeguards that protected them from that.”
Although the family insisted Josh changed, he was busted on the adultery website Ashley Madison months later. He admitted to cheating on his wife and being addicted to porn. The father-of-five checked into a Christian rehab center soon after.
Josh and Anna began marriage counseling when he left the treatment program in March 2016.
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