Josh Duggar, the Christian TV personality and admitted child molester who is currently attempting a slow comeback to public life, is now pretending to be a victim. He’s joining a lawsuit filed by the sisters he abused against the police over the release of their interview discussing the molestation.
The Duggars are suing city officials, the police, and the publishers of In Touch Weekly. TMZ, which broke the story, reported the following:
The infamous member of the 19 Kids and Counting cast admitted to molesting these four sisters and at least one other girl — the youngest being five years old at the time. Yet he claims to be the real victim here for having to deal with the “mental anguish and humiliation” of people discovering the awful things this champion of “family values” had done.
Duggar filed documents to join the lawsuit Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy filed last month. In his docs, Josh says cops assured him his 2006 interview discussing the molestation of his sisters would remain private. He says since he wasn’t charged, the information wouldn’t have gone public … if the reports weren’t released to In Touch magazine.
Duggar says once the story came out, it caused him mental anguish and humiliation. He played up the sympathy card in the docs, saying he was “victimized and forced to relieve the painful and difficult circumstances of a traumatic experience as a juvenile.”
He also referred to his molestation of younger girls as “traumatic”… for him. It’s actually similar to what he said back in 2015: “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Why does he think this is all about his feelings? There were real victims in this story, and Josh Duggar isn’t one of them.
If he were truly sorry, Duggar could be doing a lot with his time to help make up for his past transgressions. He could help troubled individuals, sponsor charity events to benefit sexual assault victims, etc. Instead, he’s minimizing the behavior, planning a television comeback, and now filing suit against the people who brought this story to light.
That tells me everything I need to know about how much his ethics have really changed.
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