Did Josh Duggar hint at his molestation scandal years before it became public? In a newly resurfaced clip from 19 Kids and Counting, the oldest Duggar made an incest joke involving his sister and brother Jana and John-David. Watch the video above to see the cringeworthy moment.
While the comment might have been lighthearted when it aired on TLC, today, it's hard to laugh knowing Josh's history. In 2015, Josh molested four of his sisters and his babysitter. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, attempted to cover up the sexual misconduct, but in a police report obtained by In Touch, it was revealed that he committed SEVEN acts of sexual molestation and his parents waited 16 months to report the crime.
"James said that in March of 2002 [redacted, Josh] who had just turned 14, came to him very upset and crying,” the report read. “James said that [redacted, Josh] had told him that he had been sneaking into [redacted, his sisters’] room at night and had been touching [redacted, his sisters] on the breasts and vaginal areas while they were sleeping."
Josh went on to tell his father that this happened at least four or five times while his sisters slept in a common room. After the scandal was made public, Josh apologized for his behavior in a statement. "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," he wrote. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
However, not long after that, Josh was caught cheating on his wife Anna on the dating website Ashley Madison — and admitted to having a porn addiction. In an another statement, he called himself a hypocrite and expressed his shame for living a double life. "I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust," he added. "As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example."