Josh Duggar leaves Christian rehab facility as sisters sell new reality series
Josh Duggar has left a Christian rehabilitation facility where he has been undergoing treatment for what he describes as an addiction to Internet pornography.
The 28-year-old former reality TV star and anti-LGBT activist spent six months at the facility in Illinois after admitting to multiple infidelities, reported Entertainment Tonight.
“He’ll be back very, very soon,” a source told People.
Duggar’s name turned up in a data breach of the adultery website Ashley Madison, and he issued a statement confessing to a pornography addiction.
That admission came just weeks after reports revealed he had molested five girls, including four of his sisters, about a decade earlier.
The prodigious evangelical Christian family will return March 15 to TLC with the first full season of “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” a new reality show focusing on the two eldest married daughters — who each admitted their eldest brother molested them as children.
His sisters insist in promotional videos for the new series that they have forgiven their brother, and his wife discusses her ongoing public humiliation.
“I don’t know how to handle each situation,” Anna Duggar says in the video. “It’s not anything I ever would have thought I would walk through. [I tell myself,] ‘Just do the next right thing, have the next right response for the next 15 minutes.’”
She traveled in January to Reformers Unanimous in Rockford for a visit with the couple’s four young children.
“It was an important step on a long difficult road,” Anna wrote on the family’s official blog. “I can never express how your kindness and prayers have brought encouragement when I needed it most — outpacing the grief and discouragement at every turn. I trust that God will continue to show His love and tenderness toward us and bring beauty from ashes — somehow — as only He can do. Please continue to pray for me, Josh and our children.”
A porn actress dropped her $500,000 sex assault lawsuit last month against Josh Duggar after evidence called some of her claims into question.
A non-relative is reportedly planning to sue Josh Duggar for sexually abusing her, although it’s not clear what actions, if any, have been taken in that case.
Legal experts say that lawsuit would almost certainly force Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to reveal what they knew about their son’s pattern of sexual abuse and any actions they took to cover up his actions.
The couple would not be able to invoke the Fifth Amendment because the criminal statute of limitations has expired for any crimes related to the alleged cover-up, experts say.
Josh Duggar lost his paid position with the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council after the molestation reports were revealed.