Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will speak publicly about their son Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal Wednesday night, and two of the victims -- their daughters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard -- will also share their story. It’s the first time any of the victims have been identified by name, after Josh confessed to molesting five underage girls as a teenager.
“Please be sure to watch our interview this evening (9 EST) with Megyn Kelly on Fox News and then tune in again this Friday when Jessa and Jill tell their story,” the reality TV family informed fans on their official Facebook page late Wednesday. Kelly has said “nothing is off-limits.”
The controversy has rocked the Duggar family, who has a reality series on TLC. But the long-standing TV show “19 Kids and Counting” was pulled from the channel’s programming after the allegations emerged last month.
Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest child, Josh, admitted to fondling the genitals and breasts of five underage girls between 2002 and 2003, two of whom were his sisters Jessa and Jill. Another victim was 5 years old. A police report issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas and obtained by In Touch magazine revealed Josh “had just turned 14” when he first admitted to his parents about his inappropriate behavior.
Rather than report the crime, Jim Bob and Michelle sent their eldest son to a Christian program where he was forced to do manual labor. The now-famous reality TV parents put Josh and his victims into counseling nearly 16 months after the initial confession.
Josh, now 27, publicly apologized for his behavior and said he had “acted inexcusably.” The father of three -- his wife Amy is pregnant with their fourth child -- subsequently resigned from his position with the Family Research Council, a Washington-based organization founded by a Christian pastor.
Jim Bob and Michelle’s exclusive sit-down interview at the Duggar family home in Tonitown, Arkansas, will air Wednesday at 9 p.m. Their newly wed daughters Jessa, 22, and Jill, 24, will also appear on “The Kelly File” Wednesday and Friday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.