In recent years, the Duggar name has become synonymous with the word scandal. While each member has seemingly had their fair share of exposed secrets, the following 12 Duggar controversies take the cake. Click through to see the family's biggest scandals!
The biggest Duggar scandal of them all came in 2015 when Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five underage girls, four of which were his younger sisters, while he was a teen.
2015 was not a good year for the oldest Duggar as he also admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, before entering into rehab. Josh is still dealing with the repercussions of his actions as the soon-to-be father-of-five as it was recently revealed that he would be forced to testify about his child molestation scandal in a lawsuit against him for using a stranger’s profile on the infamous website, Ashley Madison.
In police documents, obtained by In Touch after Josh’s molestation scandal, a witness claimed Duggar parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, use violence against their children. Josh admitted to police that he was “spanked” by his parents, who "do this to all the kids.” He added: “They have a rod.”
The Duggars are definite supporters of gun rights as they once defended a photo of then 16-year-old Jedidiah holding a rifle and once left a gun out in the open in front of then 5-year-old Josie during a family trip!
Who could forget the rumor that the Oldest Duggar girl, Jana, was supposedly dating football star, and fellow Christian, Tim Tebow. While it turned out to be completely fictitious the amount of media attention the fake story churned out definitely qualifies the seemingly PR stunt as a top Duggar scandal.
Surprisingly, not all courtships end in marriage for the Duggars, and no one knows this better than 20-year-old Josiah. The eighth oldest Duggar and longtime family friend Marjorie Jackson entered into a courtship in April 2015. However, their relationship took a turn for the worse in August of that year, after Josiah’s brother’s molestation investigation became public knowledge.
In 2014, during an appearance at the Value Voters Summit, Jim Bob said birth control causes miscarriages. “Something we didn’t know is that the pill can actually allow women to get pregnant, but then it can be aborted,” he told the crowd. “That’s what happened with Michelle … she went on the pill after Josh and then got pregnant, and then the pill actually caused a miscarriage.”
Let’s not forget about their stance on a women’s role in the home. Michelle once said on The Today Show, “In your marriage, there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. … Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”
Despite having their children abstain from all physical contact with their significant other (excluding hand-holding and the occasional side hug while courting) before walking down the aisle, Jim Bob and Michelle have admitted they “took things farther then we should have” when they were dating.
Jim Bob and Michelle were recently in some hot water after Pastor Kenny Batson recalled a message Michelle gave at a marriage treat that seemed to put the blame on Anna for Josh’s extramarital affairs.
Most recently, Jim Bob and Michelle were accused of putting their children at risk, after seemingly choosing modesty over safety. In a picture they posted to their Facebook, the couple’s young daughters were shown wearing dresses – a known bike riding “no- no” – (one Duggar girl even had on flip-flops), while their boys wore blue jeans and sneakers – a clear gender bias. Making matters worse, no child had on a helmet!
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