Josh Duggar, star of TLC network’s now canceled “19 Kids and Counting,” was one of 36 million subscribers who had a paid membership with cheating website Ashley Madison, according to data released Wednesday by Gawker. Hackers hit the website in July and issued the ultimatum that they would release sensitive user information if the site didn’t shut down its operation. And since the site remained extant, the hackers made good on their word last week…
People.com posted August 19 that Josh Duggar, fresh out of a scandal that resulted in his family losing its lucrative reality television show, has been quickly connected to the Ashley Madison data dump, thus landing the former Family Research Council lobbyist in his second scandal of the year. Gawker reported that a credit card listed to the name of Joshua J. Duggar was used in paying for one account under the username Josh_the_man. An address listed with the credit card was the same as Josh Duggar’s grandmother’s house in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a house familiar to “19 Kids and Counting” fans because it was featured in the show. (The house also became the setting for the sexual molestation scandal earlier this year, the aforementioned scandal where Duggar admitted to molesting several underage girls — including two of his sisters — that cost the family their television show.)
Duggar reportedly opened a second Ashley Madison account, this time using the handle ready4thisdc. It was registered via the same credit card and was apparently opened while he worked inside the Beltway as a representative of the Family Research Council. (Josh Duggar was executive director for the family values organization from June 2013 to May 2015.) The address listed for that account was Duggar’s Oxon Hill, Maryland, residence. That account was active from July 2014 through to May 2015. The two accounts overlapped by a few months as well.
Gawker also posted the type of women Duggar was supposedly searching for (which allegedly include “experimenting with sex toys” and “sex talk”) as well as his alleged “turn-ons,” one of which was “discretion/secrecy.” When signing up for the second account, $250 was paid to purchase of an “affair guarantee,” which promised an extramarital affair within three months or the fee was refunded.
It should be pointed out that Josh Duggar was married to his wife Anna in September 2008. The couple have four children, the last of which was born this year.
Due to the sexual molestation scandal that broke in May, Duggar resigned from his role at the Family Research Council, a prominent Christian organization that promotes traditional family values and has fought against gay marriage. The group’s mission statement reads, in part, “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization.”