She then explained why she didn’t want the claims against Josh to be made public, saying, “People outside my close circle now knew details about my life that I had never chosen to share. Details that I had never wanted to share. And there would be fallout. That goes without saying when you lead a public life.” She added, “I just didn’t know how far it would go. What would happen to us? How in the world would we get through this?”
Jinger didn’t self-identify as one of Josh’s victims during the Fox News special in 2015, but she was a part of a lawsuit two years later along with sisters Jill, Jessa and Joy Duggar. In 2017, the four siblings sued the city of Springdale, Ark., over the leaked police documents that led to the public scandal, per TMZ.
Speaking with Megyn in 2015, Jim Bob said Josh admitted he had “improperly touched some of our daughters.” As Jim Bob put it, “He was just curious about girls and he had gone in and touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping.”
In the past week, Josh, now 33, was arrested and charged for his alleged child pornography possession. The TLC star’s legal reps requested for him to be released on bail on May 4, so that he could “return home to his immediate family during the pendency of this case.” His wife, Anna Duggar, is pregnant with their seventh child.
However, during his virtual hearing on April 30, the judge said Josh is not allowed to live in the same home as his children. He is dad to Mackenzie, 11; Michael, 9; Marcus, 7; Meredith, 5; Mason, 3; and Maryella, 17 months.
“We intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly,” Josh’s lawyer told E! News in a statement last week. “In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom—and that is exactly what Josh intends to do.”
Click here to see what his siblings have said since his arrest.