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‘Furious’ family members lash out at Josh Duggar: ‘I hope he gets broken in rehab’

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Two family members spoke out about Josh Duggar’s ongoing sex scandals.

The former reality TV star and anti-LGBT activist entered a “long-term treatment center” this week after admitting to molesting his sisters as a teenager and cheating on his wife.

TLC canceled the family’s popular “19 Kids and Counting” program after the sex abuse was revealed, and an adult film actress claims the 27-year-old Duggar paid her for sex twice earlier this year, while his wife was pregnant.

“We are all shocked and broken and furious,” a family member told Entertainment Tonight. “Who did we spend Christmases with? Who have we grown up with? Who is this person? This is supposed to be a happy time, and there is a dark cloud over our family.”

“Josh’s integrity is gone,” the family member added. “It’s scary. You never know who can have a double life. You really think you know someone. Josh was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and I hope he gets broken in rehab and gets the help he needs. I hope Anna finds the strength to make some changes.”

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Another family member said the situation was heartbreaking.

“I hope and pray Josh gets the help he needs,” the second family member said. “I believe he is getting that help. We had no idea about any of this. We love our family and we are praying for Josh. Thank you for all the prayers and support of all the friends and fans.”

It’s not clear from the report which family members made the statements.

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Media reports have speculated that Duggar, who resigned from his job with the Family Research Council after the sex abuse was reported, will undergo treatment at the religious Reformers Unanimous facility — where patients work and study the Bible to cure addictions to drugs, alcohol and pornography.

“They are an incredible Christian based drug/ alcohol addiction program,” the Duggars said on Facebook after a visit last year. “While there, we saw our good friends Godfrey and Launa Watson from Jamaica, too. Love supporting organizations and events like these.”

Watch this video report posted online by Entertainment Tonight:

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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