Josh Duggar has completed his program at a Christian rehab center, but that may not be enough treatment to satisfy some of his extended family members. Following last year’s reveal that he molested five underage girls as a teenager, including some of his female siblings, one report claims some Duggar family members don’t want the 28-year-old around their children.
“There are people in the extended family who definitely won’t bring their children near Josh,” an unidentified Duggar family member told In Touch Weekly, the same magazine that released police records detailing Josh’s molestation acts. According to the publication, family members fear the father of four is “still a danger” after his homecoming. “Who would want their kids around him after all he’s done?” said the insider.
Dillon King, the husband of Josh’s cousin Amy Duggar, also spoke to the magazine about the disgraced reality star post-rehab. He said it will be difficult for the family to trust Josh after his scandal. “It’s not ever going to be the same,” Dillon said. “It’s not ever going to be what it was.”
Despite rumors of contention among the Duggars, Josh’s parents don’t appear too concerned. After Josh exited rehab following six months of treatment at Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois, this month, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a statement regarding their eldest son’s release. “Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family,” the couple wrote. “We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many people and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead.”
Josh entered into treatment in August after his named was connected to the affair facilitating website Ashley Madison. Josh admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, and said he was “ashamed“ of his actions, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.” Three months prior to the cheating scandal, it was revealed that Josh had inappropriately touched several minors when he was a teen. It was later revealed that some of his victims were his sisters. Two of them, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, confirmed in a televised interview on Fox that they were molested by him.
“This is something that was already dealt with. We’ve already forgiven Josh. We’ve already moved on,” Jill said through tears on “The Kelly File.”
Anna, Jill and Jessa are three of the Duggars who currently star on TLC’s “Jill & Jessa: Counting On." The network canceled the Duggar family’s long-running reality series “19 Kids and Counting” in July following Josh’s first scandal. As International Business Times previously reported, Josh does not have plans to appear on the new show.
“Jill & Jessa: Counting On” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on TLC.