Michelle Duggar is being accused by fans of abuse after a video that was taken without her knowledge has gone viral. The Counting On star was filmed by her son-in-law, Derick Dillard, and redditors quickly pointed out a change in her behavior once she realized the camera was rolling. Watch the video above for all the disturbing details.
The clip comes just weeks after fans voiced their concerns for Joy-Anna Duggar regarding her relationship with Austin Forsyth. On April 3, @crazykak took to reddit and wrote, "I think Austin is a creep. I really think he is at the very least emotionally abusive. He seems super controlling and Joy just looks to him for answers to everything. She is so used to obeying her parents without question, and being so young and brainwashed makes her so vulnerable to domestic abuse. She was so indecisive with wedding details and seems like a really naive little girl. Austin just gives off dark vibes to me on the YouTube clips — thoughts?"
Immediately, others began responding to the thread, with many agreeing. "He's a 100% in the right place to be at least emotionally abusive since Joy does not have a mind of her own and always looks to him whenever they are asked a question. Plus she's only 20 and a lot less knowledgeable (and she acts it too) than he is." Another added, "I can see him being abusive to his Gideon and the rest of his future kids for sure because of the Pearl tips. :("
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Michael and Debi Pearl have been at the center of controversy since publishing their book To Train Up a Child — Child Training for the 21st Century, in which they encourage the use of corporal punishment to teach children of all ages how to behave. Recently, the famous family received backlash for promoting the couple on Facebook.
"This makes me so sad. The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies," one Facebook user alleged. "They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind-boggling." Another pleaded, "Please stop promoting the Pearls! I know your family thinks he's teaching biblical discipline but he's absolutely wrong. Don't let your love of Jesus blind you to this." However, there is no concrete proof that Jim Bob and Michelle are, in fact, abusing their children.
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If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.