The Duggar family spoke out about Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Wednesday, but apparently, they still have more to say. Following parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s sit down with Megyn Kelly, two of their daughters, Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, will speak out in their own separate interview.
In a preview of their episode, set to air this Friday on Fox, Jessa, 22, and Jill, 24, two of their brother's five confirmed molestation victims, will share their thoughts on the scandal that rocked the Duggar family's “19 Kids and Counting” fan base.
As most viewers are aware, a police report stating that Josh committed several acts of sexual molestation on five underage girls as a teenger between 2002 and 2003 surfaced via In Touch last month. The release of the juvenile record resulted in TLC yanking the family’s reality series from its airwaves (the network has yet to officially cancel the show) and Josh’s resignation from the Family Research Council. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret," Josh said in a statement May 21. "I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation."
Now that Jim Bob and Michelle have shared their opinions on the release of their son's police report, telling Kelly they felt their daughters did not deserve to have their past leaked by a tabloid, the two Duggar daughters are sharing their own thoughts on the situation. According to a promo video for their interview, the siblings will discuss “what Josh did to them” and “how they felt when thet learned their story had gone national.”
“They don’t have a right to do this. We’re victims. They can’t do this to us,” Jill says through tears in a preview of Friday’s “The Kelly File” episode. Jessa adds that she doesn’t feel the system acted appropriately in releasing her brother's files. It is worth noting that Jim Bob said during Wednesday's interview that his family is considering legal action.
“The system that was set up to protect kids, both those who make stupid mistakes or have problems like this in their life and the ones that are affected by those choices," Jessa said. "It’s just greatly failed."
According to a report from Us Weekly, Jessa will also speak out in defense of her brother, specifically against those who label him as a child molester. “I’m like, ‘That’s so overboard and a lie really.’ I mean, people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims,” Jessa reportedly said.
“19 Kids and Counting” fans can tune in to Jessa and Jill’s hour-long “The Kelly File” interview Friday at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox. Click here for more listing information.