Things just took a turn for the worse for the Duggar family.
Josh Duggar, a star of TLC’s now-canceled conservative Christian series 19 Kids and Counting, who recently admitted to molesting underage girls (including his younger sisters) has a new bombshell: He had an Ashley Madison account.
Hackers uploaded 9.7 gigabytes of Ashley Madison data on Tuesday, revealing names, credit card information and addresses of the adultery website’s users.
AshleyMadison.com’s owners claimed nearly 40 million users for the site and two related sites at the time of the breach last month.
Gawker reported Duggar’s subscription first, citing two credit card charges from the website linked to Duggar’s name and home addresses. Many wondered if the findings were real.
On Thursday, the Duggar family released a statement from Josh on their website. “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
He continues: “The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.”
Josh, of course, had spent years as an ardent lobbyist against abortion rights and gay marriage for a politically powerful conservative group, the Family Research Council. He resigned when the sexual molestation news broke.
He and his wife Anna recently welcomed their fourth child.
Update: The apology has since been amended, deleting the reference to his porn addiction, as The Wrap spotted.
SOURCE: USA Today