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Duggar mentor sorry for ‘sinful’ touching of women’s feet — but not for sex abuse

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A longtime evangelical mentor of the Duggar family responded to ten women who have accused him of sexual abuse by admitting that he had taken “ungodly and sinful” actions, but denied that he had committed any sexual crimes.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit filed by ten women accused Bill Gothard, founder of Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), of rape, sexual abuse and harassment.

“Oh no. Never never. Oh! That’s horrible,” Gothard told The Washington Post at the time. “Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”

In a document titled “A Further Confession And Request,” which was obtained published by Radar Online this week, Gothard said that God had recently “revealed” to him “the gravity of my words and actions.”

The faith leader observed that he had wrongly selected “certain types of young people, especially young women, to serve at Headquarters, often as my personal assistants.”

“I was very wrong in holding hands, giving hugs, and touching their hair or feet,” Gothard wrote. “All of this can only be described as ungodly and sinful.”

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Although Gothard refused to admit the sexual nature of the abuse, he asked that the victims and their families grant him “the opportunity to confess my sins against you and ask you to forgive me.”

Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles had been a favorite provider of homeschooling support for the Duggars and other Christian families. And the institute had assisted the Duggars after their son, Josh, admitted sexually abusing multiple girls, including his sisters.

Gothard was forced to step down from the Institute in Basic Life Principles last year after 30 women came forward with allegations of harassment.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, turned over his findings to Congress, and stepped down from his post at the Justice Department.

His findings were incredibly damning for the president and his allies, finding evidence that the campaign eagerly accepted Russian help, if not a full-blown conspiracy, and outlining ten potential episodes where Trump obstructed justice. But Mueller's conclusions are by no means the end-all of everything that happened. Mueller himself acknowledged in his report that Trump's lack of cooperation probably prevented him from finding a lot of information.

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Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic

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A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.

According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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