Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are defending their handling of eldest son Josh’s molestation of five underage girls, including four of their daughters, writes TYT Network.
In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on ‘The Kelly File’ Wednesday, the reality TV stars went into great detail about what exactly happened 12 years ago when Josh, the eldest son of the ’19 Kids and Counting’ clan, confessed to having touched some of his younger sisters inappropriately.
“There were a couple of times he came and told us what he had done,” Jim Bob Duggar told Kelly of how the found out about Josh’s actions. “Again this was not rape or anything like that, it was touching someone over the clothes. there were a couple of times he touched someone under the clothes, for a few seconds. Each time he came and told us crying. It was the third time that we decided we needed help.”
According to The Washington Post, in newly released portions of an interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Jessa Seewald came to the defense of her oldest brother, Josh Duggar.
“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist,” Seewald said in the interview. “I’m like that is so overboard and a lie really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
Another Duggar sister, 24-year-old Jill Dillard, said that although it wasn’t their “first choice” to speak publicly about the matter, she and Seewald decided to “set the record straight” once the story broke and was widely discussed.
Fox News’ host Megyn Kelly had an interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s ’19 Kids and Counting’ fame on Wednesday night.
The interview was about allegations that their eldest son Josh molested five underage girls while he was a teenager.
“Kelly is so renowned for her tough interviews that the New York Times Magazine coined the term ‘Megyn moment’ to describe those unpredictable instances when the Fox News host has turned a guest’s network-friendly talking points back on him or her,” writes TYT Network. Was the interview done in good faith?
A Republican politician in Arkansas called for the termination of the police chief who released a 2006 offense report alleging that Josh Duggar, of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” molested five underage girls when he was a teenager.
State Senator Bart Hester (R) told local TV station KFSM that he believed Springdale Police Chief Kathy O’Kelly compromised the identities of the eldest Duggar’s alleged victims by releasing the police report, writes Talking Points Memo.
“I believe it is unavoidable that the Springdale police chief should be terminated. She has re-victimized these young ladies,” said Hester.
Tabloid magazine In Touch Weekly reportedly published the offense report, which it obtained through a public records request.
According to TPM, the names of the victims, as well as Josh Duggar’s name, were redacted. The report was destroyed the same day it was published in the magazine by order of Judge Stacey Zimmerman, writes TPM.