The Duggars continue to fascinate TLC viewers, but we have a hunch some fans are just waiting for the next bombshell to drop. The reality family has suffered several scandals in recent years, the most serious of which was the reveal of Josh Duggar‘s criminal past. As if that scandal wasn’t bad enough, the family continued to court controversy with their spin control in the weeks and months that followed.

But not all scandals are created equal, and some have been a lot sillier. Only the Duggars would consider it scandalous for young women to wear pants, for example, but their brand of modesty is a very conservative one! Keep scrolling down to read all the things the Duggars would probably prefer you didn’t know.

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1. Let’s begin with the Josh Duggar scandal that rocked the world.

We’ll tackle this saga first so we don’t have to dwell on it for long. In 2015, In Touch obtained a Washington County Sheriff’s Office report regarding eldest son Josh Duggar admitting to multiple acts of sexual molestation during his teen years, including some perpetrated on his own sisters.

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2. And don’t forget how Jim Bob Duggar responded to Josh’s misdeeds.

The story gets worse from there, unfortunately. Duggar patriarch Jim Bob Duggar waited more than a year to report Josh’s indiscretions to the local authorities, and he blocked them from interviewing the teen when they launched a felony investigation in 2006.

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3. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar even defended their son’s actions to Megyn Kelly.

And after the news broke, Jim Bob and wife Michelle Duggar actually got defensive about their eldest son in an interview with Megyn Kelly. “Looking back, we did the best we could under the circumstances,” Jim Bob told the then-Fox News host. “He was still a kid. He was still a juvenile. He wasn’t an adult. This was not rape or anything like that. This was touching someone over their clothes.” (Even Jill and Jessa Duggar defended Josh, saying it’s a “lie” that Josh is a child molester.)

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4. On their TLC show, Jill and Jessa Duggar didn’t tell the whole truth about their “healing process.”

Following that Josh Duggar bombshell, TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting and debuted a new docu-series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, focusing on some of the more law-abiding Duggar kids. It could have been a golden opportunity for the famous family to address their dark past directly and honestly, but instead, we caught them lying about their “healing process.”

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5. Duggar family tutor Tabitha Paine married a man convicted of sexual assault.

The Duggars were once again implicated in a sex scandal when the news broke that their family friend Timothy Robertson — the now-husband of Tabitha Paine, a woman who lived with the family as a tutor — was once convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree for having nonconsensual sex with a woman. He pled guilty to the crime but insisted to In Touch he was “falsely accused.”

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6. Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth (maybe) had sex before their wedding.

OK, with all that nastiness covered, let’s move on to more innocuous scandals. Pre-marital sex, for example, isn’t a no-no for most people these days, but it is for the Duggars. So imagine our surprise when we heard that Joy-Anna Duggar and then-fiancé Austin Forsyth had been having sex since 2016 and had even weathered a pregnancy scare! (Granted, that news has never been confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt.)

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7. “Rebel” Jinger Duggar started wearing pants and shorts. The horror!

Speaking of Duggar rule-breaking, Jinger Duggar broke with family tradition when she started wearing pants and shorts instead of the de rigueur skirts. (And don’t even get us started on her sleeveless dresses. Sacré bleu!) She even inspired some of her sisters and sisters-in-law to follow in her footsteps.

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8. Michelle Duggar went against her own rules and was caught in pants instead of a skirt.

A little teenage rebellion is to be expected, but we were floored when Michelle joined her daughter and traded her skirts for pants. Of course, her display of relative immodesty wasn’t enough for some people, especially because she and Jim Bob were vacationing on the beaches of Hawaii at the time. “Those clothes are just going to be hot and heavy and miserable,” one critic said.

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9. Jana Duggar’s rumored boyfriend didn’t follow Duggar courtship rituals and was more liberal than her family … like that’s hard?

Despite that pants-wearing, Michelle is probably still strict when it comes to her courtship rules. So we’re guessing she’s not too hot on Caleb Williams, who was rumored to be courting Jana Duggar at one point, since he is “somewhat more liberal” than the Duggars and doesn’t “really” follow the courtship rituals, according to a Radar source. Later on, Caleb caused even more scandal when the news broke that he’d been arrested for sexual assault in December 2018. Though he pleaded not guilty, he hasn’t been seen with the famous family since.

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10. The Duggar’s family home was allegedly raised by Homeland Security Investigations.

As of November 2019, it seems the family has a new investigation on their hands. Reports indicate that Homeland Security Investigations were “present [at the Duggar home] pursuant to an on-going federal criminal investigation.” Additionally, the HSI didn’t dispute allegations that one of Josh’s business had also been raided. Though we don’t have details yet on what the investigation might be about, HSI has the legal authority to investigate financial crimes, money laundering, bulk cash smuggling, commercial fraud and intellectual property theft, cyber crimes, document and benefit fraud. The Duggars have since denied that any raid took place.

11. Joy’s husband Austin was sued for fraud regarding a house he “flipped.”

Austin was sued by a couple who purchased a home he renovated and flipped, In Touch confirmed on December 2. According to legal documents, the plaintiffs accused the Duggar in-law of lying about getting a permit for a septic tank on the house they purchased from him in June 2018. After they moved in that August, the couple claimed they noticed “their yard was saturated on the driest of days and that an unmistakable foul odor of human waste emanated from their yard.” Yikes.

The lawsuit claimed the county requires all properties sold with a septic system to have a certificate or permit from the Health Department before being sold, and one was not obtained for the property. Austin — the defendant in this case, and someone known for doing this sort of house flipping work — said the work was done with “proper permits,” but the suit alleged that was not true. He denied most of the allegations and the case remains open as of December 3.

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