Josh Duggar Scandal: Michael Seewald, Jessa Duggar’s Father-in-Law, Reacts …

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Detailed Online Allegations About Josh Duggar Were Made Years Ago.

Little Rock — TLC pulled the reality series 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.Investigation records tied to Josh Duggar’s alleged sexual molestation of five girls have been destroyed by Arkansas police, a spokesperson told The Associated Press Friday. “The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record,” Lewis said.In May 2007, an online commenter, known simply as Alice, published a detailed account on a blog at ibiblio.org alleging that Josh Duggar had a history of molesting young girls, PEOPLE reports.

In a statement, the channel said it was “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The statement didn’t elaborate. Also on Friday, Arkansas police said they had destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into Duggar, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about the allegations.

The movie they had chosen to watch had an 18 rating, meaning his sister Jinger Dugger, who had been designated chaperone (in accordance with Duggar family rules about no solo dates pre-marriage), was too young to attend. “We chose Jana and John David – we thought why not, have a double date,” Josh says to the camera, looking jovial. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which obtained the offence report before its destruction, reports Duggar was accused of fondling five girls in 2002 and 2003. Several petitions on Change.org call for the cancellation of the TV series about the devout Duggar clan: parents Michelle and Jim Bob and their nine daughters and 10 sons (all of whom have names beginning with the letter “J”).

Josh Duggar, 27, the couple’s son, issued an apology last Thursday, acknowledging “wrongdoing,” but did not directly address allegations reported by In Touch magazine and other websites. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. The video clip then cuts to what appears to be him having a laugh with producers of the show. “We are from Arkansas, no?” he adds, with a huge smile on his face.

The report, originally published by tabloid In Touch Weekly, states that a member of Harpo Studios, the producer of Oprah Winfrey’s then show, received an email containing the allegations before the family was set to appear in 2006. The Duggar family is well-known for a stance against birth control and for their dating rules, which are dictated by their conservative religious beliefs. The email warned producers against featuring the family on the program; Harpo Studios’ staff members followed the tip with a faxed a copy of the email to Arkansas State Police. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” In 2014, a Change.org petition gathered tens of thousands of signatures asking TLC and its parent network, Discovery, to oust the Duggar family’s show because of what the petition called their anti-LGBT stance.

According to the petition, Michelle Duggar’s voice could be heard on a political robocall urging residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas, to repeal a law that forbade business owners and landlords from evicting and firing people based on gender identity. I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation.” “We spoke with the authorities, where I confessed my wrongdoing,” Duggar continued, “and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. In the most recent controversy, Josh Duggar resigned as head of the lobbying arm of the conservative Family Research Council, whose website states that it has a “mission is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.” Duggar reportedly withdrew over the weekend from a planned public appearance at a Christian home-school convention in Sandusky, Ohio. Hell no.” Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever writes that while the initial response might be for the Duggar show to disappear, he thinks TLC should actually use the opportunity to put some reality into reality television. “Now is the time for TLC to double down and have the courage to present America, at last, with a truly unscripted show about a family enduring a crisis largely of its own making,” he writes. “Life is not what it quite seems at the Duggar compound — but who ever watched that show and sincerely thought it was always that perfect?”

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