Inside Duggars’ VERY controversial past: from Josh’s child porn conviction to religious rules

Inside the Duggars’ VERY dark past: As Jinger lays bare her ‘terrifying and cult-like’ childhood, FEMAIL reveals the MANY scandals to plague the family – from ‘controlling’ and violent parenting to Josh’s child porn arrest

  • The Duggars starred in the reality show 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 to 2015
  • They then appeared in the spinoff Counting On for another 11 seasons
  • Over the years, the family was rocked with numerous scandals
  • Last year, Josh Duggar was arrested for possessing child pornography
  • Parents Jim Bob and Michelle set a strict set of rules for their kids
  • Jinger Duggar recently branded her family as ‘cult-like’ in a scathing interview

When Josh Duggar was arrested and found guilty of possessing child pornography last year, it completely shattered the wholesome on-screen image that he and his family had worked so hard to build over the course of their multiple TLC reality shows.

And while Josh’s arrest might have been the nail in the coffin for the family – resulting in their series being canceled after they spent more than a decade starring on the network – their reputation had slowly been crumbling for years, amid numerous other scandals and controversies.

Years prior to the child porn charges, an explosive police report emerged on the web that said Josh, now 34, had admitted to molesting four of his siblings – and that his own parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, knew about it and failed to report the abuse.

In addition, the family was accused of faking a charity event for views after onlookers claimed they saw them pretend to give someone free food only to take it back when cameras stopped rolling, one member of the family was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a kid they were babysitting was found wandering outside alone, and someone else was accused of animal cruelty after they appeared to try to ram into a cat while they were sledding.

When Josh Duggar (seen) was arrested and found guilty of possessing child pornography last year, it completely shattered the wholesome on-screen image his family had build

When Josh Duggar (seen) was arrested and found guilty of possessing child pornography last year, it completely shattered the wholesome on-screen image his family had build

And while Josh's arrest might have been the nail in the coffin for the family, their reputation had slowly been crumbling for years, amid numerous other scandals and controversies

And while Josh’s arrest might have been the nail in the coffin for the family, their reputation had slowly been crumbling for years, amid numerous other scandals and controversies

Even so, their show continued on. The Duggar family first landed their own reality show, 17 Kids and Counting, in 2008. The series, which would go on to be renamed twice to account for the births of three more kids, quickly captured the nation and became immensely popular.

It went on for 10 seasons before ending in 2015, however, later that year, a spinoff entitled Counting On premiered, which aired for another 11 seasons before it was recently canceled amid Josh’s arrest.

What likely sparked the world’s interest was the parents’ insanely-strict set of rules that they set for their 19 kids. Jim Bob, 57, and Michelle, 56, are members of a bizarre Christian group run by shunned minister Bill Gothard, which contained teachings that said children must be homeschooled, dress modestly, and avoid all contact with the opposite sex before marriage.

Almost every aspect of the kids’ lives were controlled by Jim Bob and Michelle – they read their text messages, told them what they were allowed to watch on TV and what music they could listen too, and they even had a say in who they were friends with – something Jinger Duggar recently branded as ‘cult-like’ in a shocking new interview.

Jinger, 29, the seventh oldest of the Duggar children, recently sent shockwaves around the internet as she slammed her parents’ ‘harmful’ beliefs in a scathing tell-all with People magazine, while laying bare the long-lasting trauma that they had on her.

The Duggar parents even once admitted to using a controversial parenting method known as ‘blanket training,’ which involves putting a baby on a blanket on the floor and hitting it if it tries to crawl off – another shocking revelation to add to the long list of controversies that the Duggars have faced since their rise to fame 15 years ago.

As Jinger speaks out about the ‘crippling anxiety’ that she faced thanks to her her parents’ intense regulations, FEMAIL has lifted a lid on the many other scandals that the family has been rocked with – from the Josh’s illicit behavior to Jim Bob and Michelle’s severe religious rules.

Jim Bob and Michelle’s ‘cult-like’ religious rules: The family wasn’t allowed to wear pants, hold hands, or even hug someone of the opposite sex before marriage

Parents Jim Bob and Michelle are both devout followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles - which is a Christian organization established by shunned conservative minister Bill Gothard

Parents Jim Bob and Michelle are both devout followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles – which is a Christian organization established by shunned conservative minister Bill Gothard

Jim Bob and Michelle are both devout followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles – which is a Christian organization that was established by shunned conservative minister Gothard. 

The organization comes with a set of strict rules - which includes things like no wearing pants for women and no intimate touching between partners before marriage. Jim Bob and Michelle are seen together when they were younger

The organization comes with a set of strict rules – which includes things like no wearing pants for women and no intimate touching between partners before marriage. Jim Bob and Michelle are seen together when they were younger

The organization comes with a set of strict rules – which includes things like not being allowed to partake in any romantic or physical touching before marriage – including front-facing hugs and hand holding – and women having to wear floor-length dresses at all times, since pants – as well as showing off any part of their legs – were strictly prohibited.

In addition, the rules of the bizarre religious group state that children should be homeschooled, young adults must be accompanied by a chaperone while on a date with a significant other, and that parents have to monitor what kids watch on TV, as well as manage their social media accounts and read their text messages.

Jinger recently slammed her ultra-religious parents’ ‘harmful’ beliefs in an explosive new interview with People magazine, while laying bare the long-lasting trauma that her incredibly-strict upbringing had on her.

She revealed that she was left ‘crippled with anxiety’ and ‘terrified of the outside world’ as a result of the rigid ‘cult-like’ rules that she was forced to follow as a kid.

Jinger Duggar (seen) recently slammed her ultra-religious parents' 'harmful' beliefs in an explosive interview with People, while laying bare the long-lasting trauma that it had on her

Jinger Duggar (seen) recently slammed her ultra-religious parents’ ‘harmful’ beliefs in an explosive interview with People, while laying bare the long-lasting trauma that it had on her

She revealed that she was left 'crippled with anxiety' and 'terrified of the outside world' as a result of the rigid 'cult-like' rules that she was forced to follow as a kid

She revealed that she was left ‘crippled with anxiety’ and ‘terrified of the outside world’ as a result of the rigid ‘cult-like’ rules that she was forced to follow as a kid

Jinger stated that Gothard’s teachings were ‘based on fear and superstition’ – leading her to believe that she would be ‘harmed’ if she strayed at all or made any mistakes during her childhood.

After marrying her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, in 2016, Jinger officially parted ways with IBLP, however, she did remain a 'strong Christian'

After marrying her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, in 2016, Jinger officially parted ways with IBLP, however, she did remain a ‘strong Christian’

The former reality star explained that she wasn’t allowed to listen to certain types of music, wear certain clothes, or even be friends with select people, and that when she once considered participating in sports she thought she would be ‘killed.’ 

‘Fear was a huge part of my childhood. I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I went, or the wrong friendships could all bring harm,’ she told People.

‘I [once wanted to do sports but] thought I could be killed in a car accident on the way, because I didn’t know if God wanted me to stay home and read my Bible instead.

‘[Gothard’s] teachings in a nutshell are based on fear and superstition and leave you in a place where you feel like, “I don’t know what God expects of me.”

‘The fear kept me crippled with anxiety. I was terrified of the outside world. His teachings were so harmful, and I’m seeing more of the effects of that in the lives of my friends and people who grew up in that community with me. There are a lot of cult-like tendencies.’

She then started wearing pants - a controversial move that garnered much media attention at the time

She then started wearing pants – a controversial move that garnered much media attention at the time

After marrying her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, 35, in 2016, Jinger officially parted ways with IBLP, however, she did remain a ‘strong Christian.’

She then started wearing pants – a controversial move that garnered much media attention at the time.

In her 2021 book, Jinger explained that her ‘convictions’ started to ‘change’ as she ‘reexamined’ the Bible and became ‘more aware of the different beliefs and doctrines Christians held.’

‘I realized that biblical modesty is deeper and more profound than wearing skirts instead of pants,’ she wrote.

‘Modesty isn’t only about what you wear. It’s about the position of your heart … I never found a passage specifically forbidding women from wearing pants.’ 

Jim Bob and Michelle’s controversial parenting: They would put their babies on a blanket and hit them if they tried to get off so that they ‘learned self control’

Aside from their intense regulations, Jim Bob and Michelle (seen in a throwback photo) have also come under fire for the controversial way they 'trained' their kids

Aside from their intense regulations, Jim Bob and Michelle (seen in a throwback photo) have also come under fire for the controversial way they ‘trained’ their kids

The couple revealed in 2012 blog post that they used a process that involves placing an infant on a blanket for a period of time - and if the baby tries to leave the blanket, they hit them

The couple revealed in 2012 blog post that they used a process that involves placing an infant on a blanket for a period of time – and if the baby tries to leave the blanket, they hit them

Aside from their intense regulations, Jim Bob and Michelle have also come under fire for the controversial way they ‘trained’ their kids.

The couple revealed in 2012 blog post that they used a process called ‘Quiet and Still,’ which they described as ‘similar to Blanket Training, but without the toy.’

Blanket Training involves placing an infant or toddler on a blanket on the floor for a limited period of time with a toy – and if the baby tries to leave the blanket, the parent hits them.

‘It’s not [about] waiting until they do something wrong to correct them, but actually taking moments to train them,’ Michelle said in a 2011 interview. 

‘I’ll sit [my children] in a chair, and I’ll say, “OK, Mommy’s going to sit beside you, and you’re going to practice being still and quiet.”

‘We may do that two or three times a day for about a week, and usually they catch it. What they’re learning is self-control. They’re learning to obey Mommy’s voice.

'It's not [about] waiting until they do something wrong to correct them, but taking moments to train them,' Michelle said. 'We may do that two or three times a day for about a week'

‘It’s not [about] waiting until they do something wrong to correct them, but taking moments to train them,’ Michelle said. ‘We may do that two or three times a day for about a week’

In recent years, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, have accused her father, Jim Bob, of lying, using 'manipulation and deceit,' and even withholding money from them

In recent years, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, have accused her father, Jim Bob, of lying, using ‘manipulation and deceit,’ and even withholding money from them

‘Then it can be transferred to when you’re in the grocery store and they’re sitting in the cart… They can learn to do that wherever they are because it’s trained in their little hearts.’ 

The mother-of-19 said at the time that her favorite mantras was, ‘The first time I say it, you obey it.’

In recent years, Jill Duggar, 31, and her husband, Derick Dillard, 33, have accused her father, Jim Bob, of lying, using ‘manipulation and deceit,’ and even withholding money from them.

‘It’s become clearer to us over time just how deep this man’s manipulation and deceit will go for his own gain, at the expense of others,’ Derick wrote in a scathing Facebook post in 2021. ‘He has lied to my wife and I numerous times.’ 

In other posts, Derick claimed that his wife and her siblings were ‘pressured’ to be on the show and made to believe that they’d be ‘sued’ if they wanted out. 

He also alleged that they weren’t paid for it – even as adults – while Jim Bob continued to rake in the earnings.

In a deposition given by Jill in May 2022, Jill (seen with her parents and husband) described her dad as 'controlling,' 'reactionary,' and 'verbally abusive'

In a deposition given by Jill in May 2022, Jill (seen with her parents and husband) described her dad as ‘controlling,’ ‘reactionary,’ and ‘verbally abusive’

The couple – who ultimately left the show in 2017 – said during a Q&A on Instagram in 2020 that they ultimately ‘got an attorney involved,’ which resulted in Jill finally receiving an income from her time in the reality series.

They didn’t specify how much she was paid or if her sisters and brothers got any money too, but Derick said Jill’s earnings amounted to ‘a little bit more than minimum wage.’

In a deposition given by Jill in May 2022, which was obtained by The Sun, she spoke out further about her estranged relationship with her father, describing him as ‘controlling,’ ‘reactionary,’ and ‘verbally abusive.’

‘I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decisions that were best for our family, but not in his best interest,’ she said.

‘Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful, and reactionary. He was verbally abusive. Our relationship is not good. It got pretty toxic.’ 

Josh’s child porn conviction: Investigators found 65 image files of naked girls aged between seven and nine on his computer, which has landed him 12 years in prison

Fans of the family were left horrified when Josh was arrested and charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in April 2022

Fans of the family were left horrified when Josh was arrested and charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in April 2022

Fans of the family were left horrified when Josh was arrested and charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in April 2022.

During the trial, it was brought to light that he had downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. 

His computer was reportedly equipped with a dark web browser that could let him anonymously search for child porn, while bypassing anti-porn software called Covenant Eyes that his wife, Anna Duggar, 34, had installed to monitor what he was downloading.

The files were first flagged by a detective in Little Rock before allegedly being traced to Josh’s car dealership. 

He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to 12-years in prison, and he is now serving out his time at a federal prison in Texas. He is seen at the trial with his wife, Anna Duggar, in 2021

He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to 12-years in prison, and he is now serving out his time at a federal prison in Texas. He is seen at the trial with his wife, Anna Duggar, in 2021

A detective on the case claimed she was able to locate two files on the computer: a zip folder containing 65 image files of naked girls aged between seven and nine, and a two minute video of a similarly-aged girl being raped by an adult man.

In the wake of the controversy, TLC announced in June that the series Counting On had been canceled. 

‘TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,’ the network said in a statement to Us Weekly

‘TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.’ 

He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to 12-years in prison, and he is now serving out his time at a federal prison in Texas. 

Josh’s bombshell revelation that he molested his sisters: The star admitted to touching them inappropriately – but his parents didn’t report it to the police until years later

Years before he was arrested for child pornography, reports emerged that Josh had molested numerous minors - including four of his younger sisters. He is seen with his wife and kids

Years before he was arrested for child pornography, reports emerged that Josh had molested numerous minors – including four of his younger sisters. He is seen with his wife and kids

Years before he was arrested for child pornography, reports emerged that Josh had molested numerous minors – including four of his younger sisters.

According to a 2006 police report unearthed by InTouch Weekly in 2015, Josh’s behavior was first discovered in March 2002, when one of his youngest sisters went to Jim Bob ‘very upset and crying.’

The unnamed sister said that Josh had snuck into the shared girls’ bedroom and touched her breasts and genitals while she slept on four occasions.

When confronted by Jim Bob, the report said that Josh admitted to the incident and was ‘disciplined,’ though Jim Bob didn’t reveal what the discipline entailed. 

According to the report, Josh was accused by several of his younger sisters of similar sexual touching again one year later. 

On one occasion, it said he was reading to a little sister on his lap when he touched her ‘breasts and vaginal area.’

On another, he cornered one of his sisters in the laundry room and put his hand under her dress. 

Jim Bob and Michelle did not initially go to the police, keeping the molestation allegations and Josh’s confessions a secret until a tip was made to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline about Josh’s behavior three years later and forced their hand. 

According to a 2006 police report, Josh admitted to inappropriately touching Jill (second from right), Jessa (center), Jinger (second from left),  and Joy (left)

According to a 2006 police report, Josh admitted to inappropriately touching Jill (second from right), Jessa (center), Jinger (second from left),  and Joy (left)

Finally speaking to law enforcement on December 12, 2006, Jim Bob said that when he learned about what his son was doing, he ‘met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.’

They suggested a particular treatment program at Vista Hospital, but Jim Bob was concerned that Josh would be ‘exposed to other offenders and other things they did not want him exposed to.’

Instead, they sent him to a Christian program that consisted of ‘hard physical work and counseling from March 17, 2003, to July 17, 2003. 

Jim Bob and Michelle also told the local police that Josh had ‘apologized’ to his victims and said they had ‘forgiven’ him, and when he returned, they believed the issue had been ‘resolved.’ 

When Josh got home from the Christian counseling program, his parents had him talk to Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens, who gave him a ‘very stern talk.’

Hutchens was later imprisoned on child pornography charges of his own, and has been in jail since 2007. He was sentences to 56 years.

When the police report describing Josh’s transgressions was made public in 2015, two of his sisters – Jill and Jessa Duggar – identified themselves as two of his victims. Later, in 2017, Jinger and Joy Duggar were identified as the other victims in a lawsuit. 

Jim Bob and Michelle did not initially go to the police, keeping the molestation allegations and Josh's confessions a secret until a tip was made to the Arkansas State Police three years later

Jim Bob and Michelle did not initially go to the police, keeping the molestation allegations and Josh’s confessions a secret until a tip was made to the Arkansas State Police three years later

When Jim Bob, Michelle, Jill, and Jessa all sat down for an interview with Megyn Kelly to discuss what happened in 2015 – some viewers were left alarmed by the way the parents tried to minimize their son’s behavior.

‘He was still a kid, you know, and he was still a juvenile. He wasn’t an adult,’ Jim Bob said. ‘Kids will make their own choices. 

‘[Josh] had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping,’ he went on, adding that there were ‘a couple incidents where he touched them under their clothes, but it was, like, a few seconds.’

‘God can forgive [Josh] for these terrible things, I hope other people realize God can forgive them and also make them a new creature,’ he explained. 

He also seemed to imply that a brother molesting his sisters was common, saying: ‘We talked to other parents and different ones since then, a lot of families have said that they’ve had similar things happen in their families.’ 

‘I think we had one ray of hope, in that Josh had a tender conscience,’ Michelle chimed in. 

They also insisted that they had ‘put safeguards in their home’ to prevent something similar from happening again – which included boys not being allowed to be alone with girls, and the ‘little ones’ being told they shouldn’t sit on ‘big boys’ laps unless its your daddy.’

Josh’s admissions of infidelities: He revealed he had been unfaithful to his wife, Anna, after he was caught on an adultery website and sued by a former porn star who claimed he assaulted her during sex

Josh faced even more scandal in 2015, when hackers released information about account-holders for the adultery website Ashely Madison, and found the reality star among them

Josh faced even more scandal in 2015, when hackers released information about account-holders for the adultery website Ashely Madison, and found the reality star among them 

Soon after, he released a statement confessing not just to cheating on his wife, but also to a 'secret addiction' to pornography. He and his wife are seen together in 2015

Soon after, he released a statement confessing not just to cheating on his wife, but also to a ‘secret addiction’ to pornography. He and his wife are seen together in 2015 

Josh faced even more scandal in 2015, when hackers released information about account-holders for the adultery website Ashely Madison, and found the reality star among them.

'I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,' he wrote. He and Anna are seen at their wedding

‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,’ he wrote. He and Anna are seen at their wedding 

Soon after, he released a statement confessing not just to cheating on his wife, but also to a ‘secret addiction’ to pornography. 

‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,’ he wrote.

‘I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family.

‘I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust.

‘The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings. 

Porn star Danica Dillon (pictured) then sued Josh for allegedly assaulting her during sex , but the lawsuit was later dropped.

Porn star Danica Dillon (pictured) then sued Josh for allegedly assaulting her during sex , but the lawsuit was later dropped.

She claimed he offered her $1,500 to have sex after they met at a nightclub in 2015 - but alleged that things turned aggressive once they were alone together in his hotel room

She claimed he offered her $1,500 to have sex after they met at a nightclub in 2015 – but alleged that things turned aggressive once they were alone together in his hotel room 

‘As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.

‘I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.’

Porn star Danica Dillon, now 36, then sued Josh for allegedly assaulting her during sex, but the lawsuit was later dropped.

She told Entertainment Tonight in 2015 that she and the TLC star had met at a club in Philadelphia and that he ‘kept approaching her through the night, saying weird things like, “Oh you are so beautiful.”‘

She claimed he offered her $1,500 to have sex – but alleged that things turned aggressive once they were alone together in his hotel room.

‘He was very rough with me. He threw me on the bed and, in all honesty, though it was consensual it more or less felt like I was being raped,’ she said.

‘I never said no, I am going to have to reiterate that, I never told him no. But I did push him back and push him off and say that’s too rough that’s too rough.’

Josh has also faced multiple civil lawsuits over the years – he was sued in 2020 by a landowner who said Josh illegally purchased his estate, which resulted in him having to pay $5,000, and a DJ accused the reality star of using his photos on dating apps and sued him for defamation in 2017, but that case was ultimately thrown out. 

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth’s rumored pre-marital relations: The couple welcomed a son almost exactly nine months after their wedding, leaving many people raising their eyebrows

Joy-Anna Duggar (seen at her wedding) married her husband, Austin Forsyth, in May 2017 and announced that they were expecting their first child together two months after that

Joy-Anna Duggar (seen at her wedding) married her husband, Austin Forsyth, in May 2017 and announced that they were expecting their first child together two months after that

Afterwards, it was widely speculated that they had rushed to the alter because Joy-Anna had become pregnant, which would have meant they broke the family's rules about pre-marital sex

Afterwards, it was widely speculated that they had rushed to the alter because Joy-Anna had become pregnant, which would have meant they broke the family’s rules about pre-marital sex

Sources told The Hollywood Gossip at the time that the pair - who welcomed their son Gideon almost exactly nine months after the wedding - did indeed get intimate beforehand

Sources told The Hollywood Gossip at the time that the pair – who welcomed their son Gideon almost exactly nine months after the wedding – did indeed get intimate beforehand

When Joy-Anna Duggar, 25, married her husband, Austin Forsyth, 29, in May 2017 – after only three months of being engaged – and announced that they were expecting their first child together two months after that, it was widely speculated that they had rushed to the alter because Joy-Anna had become pregnant, which would have meant they broke the family’s strict rules about pre-marital sex.

Sources told The Hollywood Gossip at the time that the pair – who welcomed their son Gideon almost exactly nine months after the wedding – did indeed get intimate before becoming husband and wife.

‘She’d been alone with him several times. They got caught several times,’ a friend of Joy-Anna’s dished.

‘I caught them kissing outside the garage door one night. They were standing in this little area where the cameras weren’t.

‘She went up and kissed him. I yelled out, “What’s going on over there?” They ran like scared rabbits.

‘About an hour later I was in the garage, and Austin came up to me and said, “We’re only human, you know.” I know you’re human. But when you make rules, you need to follow them.’

Derick’s transphobic remarks: He said being ‘transgender’ was ‘a myth’ while slamming then-17-year-old Jazz Jennings and branding her gender re-assignment surgery as ‘child abuse’

Jill's husband, Derick, sparked outrage in 2017, after he posted a series of tweets about transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, who was starring in the TLC show I Am Jazz at the time

Jill’s husband, Derick, sparked outrage in 2017, after he posted a series of tweets about transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, who was starring in the TLC show I Am Jazz at the time

Derick called the show 'an oxymoron,' and stated that being 'transgender is a myth' in his controversial posts

Derick called the show ‘an oxymoron,’ and stated that being ‘transgender is a myth’ in his controversial posts

Jill’s husband, Derick, sparked outrage in 2017, after he posted a series of tweets about transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, who was 17 years old at the time and was starring in the TLC show I Am Jazz.

Derick called the show ‘an oxymoron,’ and stated that being ‘transgender is a myth’ in his controversial posts.

‘What an oxymoron … a “reality” show which follows a non-reality,’ he wrote in response to a promotional tweet from the network about Jazz’s series. ‘Transgender is a myth. Gender is not fluid. It’s ordained by God.’

He added in a follow-up tweet, ‘I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.’

Months later, Derick spoke out about Jazz again, claiming that he ‘pitied’ her since she was being ‘taken advantage of,’ and stating that he was ‘just expressing his concerns as a Christian.’

‘I pity Jazz for those who take advantage of him in order to promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions to be made by a child,’ he wrote.

After Jazz underwent gender re-assignment surgery, he branded it as 'child abuse'

After Jazz underwent gender re-assignment surgery, he branded it as ‘child abuse’

Afterwards, TLC issued a response, saying that his 'personal' statements 'did not reflect the views of the network'

Afterwards, TLC issued a response, saying that his ‘personal’ statements ‘did not reflect the views of the network’

‘It’s sad that people would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing about him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.

‘I never bullied anyone, just said I didn’t agree with what is being propagated on TV. I’m expressing my view of what should be treated as reality – if I say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn’t make me so.

‘Also, has anyone looked into whether a child is capable of making that kind of decision? We can’t vote ’til we’re 18, our brains aren’t fully developed ’til around 25.

‘Jazz is being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda. I really have nothing against the kid and wish him all the best in life. I just hate seeing him used this way.’

Afterwards, TLC issued a response, saying that his ‘personal’ statements ‘did not reflect the views of the network.’

It also pointed out Derick hadn’t participated in Counting On ‘for months’ and that there were ‘no plans’ to ‘feature him again in the future.’ 

‘TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so,’ it added.

But Derick didn’t back down. And in June 2018, after Jazz underwent gender re-assignment surgery, he branded it as ‘child abuse.’

‘This kind of thinking should not be encouraged by media. A system that allows this kind of child abuse is clearly broken,’ he wrote on Twitter, while sharing an article about the surgery.

Accusations that the Duggars staged a charity event: Onlookers claimed the family acted like they were giving away free food, but ultimately put the groceries back in their own cars after cameras stopped rolling

In 2015, the family faced another scandal when they were accused of faking a charity event for their show

In 2015, the family faced another scandal when they were accused of faking a charity event for their show

In 2015, the family faced another scandal when they were accused of faking a charity event for their show.

Many people were left outraged after RadarOnline reported that they had ‘blatantly staged’ a food drive, only to take the donated groceries back when the cameras stopped rolling.

At the time, the Duggar family tweeted that they would be giving out ‘food to families in need.’ 

Onlookers told the publication that they saw the Duggars bring boxes of food into the shop while being filmed by their camera crew, but claimed that ‘after the cameras were turned off, the boxes were taken out and placed back into one of the Duggars’ SUVs.’

The outlet also alleged that the families who turned up to receive the free food were ‘coached’ on what to say and how to act. 

Many people were left outraged after RadarOnline reported that they had 'blatantly staged' a food drive, only to take the donated groceries back when the cameras stopped rolling

Many people were left outraged after RadarOnline reported that they had ‘blatantly staged’ a food drive, only to take the donated groceries back when the cameras stopped rolling

And that’s not the only time that the Duggars were accused of lying about a fundraiser. 

That same year, Jill and Derick set up an organization called Dillard Family Ministries, and they asked fans to donate to help fund a trip to El Salvador for them to do charity work.

However, the pair soon came under fire after fans started to accuse the couple of using the trip as a vacation.

Jed also faced furious fire in 2019, while he was running for state representative in his district in Arkansas – which he ultimately lost.

At the time, he was accused of receiving more than the permitted amount of campaign donations from one person. 

According to The Sun, a man named Ross Little, from Louisiana, had donated $2,800 and $5,600, despite the limit being $2,400 per person. 

Austin’s real estate lawsuit: The house flipper was accused of failing to get proper permits after a septic tank he installed erupted and cost the homeowners $20,000 in repairs 

In 2019, Joy-Anna's husband, Austin, was in hot water after it was revealed that he was being sued over allegations that he didn't receive proper permits when he was fixing up a home.

In 2019, Joy-Anna’s husband, Austin, was in hot water after it was revealed that he was being sued over allegations that he didn’t receive proper permits when he was fixing up a home.

The case never went to trial - since they were able to 'reach a settlement,' and details of the settlement have not been revealed

The case never went to trial – since they were able to ‘reach a settlement,’ and details of the settlement have not been revealed

In 2019, Joy-Anna’s husband, Austin, was in hot water after it was revealed that he was being sued over allegations that he didn’t receive proper permits when he was fixing up a home.

Austin, who has made a profession flipping houses, was hit with a lawsuit over it, after a septic system he had installed on one of the homes reportedly erupted and leaked sewage into the new owners’ yard – costing them $20,000 in repairs.

The case never went to trial – since they were able to ‘reach a settlement,’ and details of the settlement have not been revealed.

Jana’s endangering the welfare of a minor charge: She faced legal implications after a child she was babysitting was found ‘wandering outside alone’

In September 2021, Jana Duggar was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after a child she was babysitting 'wandered outside alone'

In September 2021, Jana Duggar was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after a child she was babysitting ‘wandered outside alone’

In September 2021, Jana Duggar was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after a child she was babysitting ‘wandered outside alone.’ The child was found by a neighbor who then notified the police. 

Jana later spoke out about the incident after the 'media' started 'having a field day,' with her explaining on her Instagram that she 'prefers a more private life' but wanted to share the 'raw facts' on the situation

Jana later spoke out about the incident after the ‘media’ started ‘having a field day,’ with her explaining on her Instagram that she ‘prefers a more private life’ but wanted to share the ‘raw facts’ on the situation

Jana, 33, later spoke out about the incident after the ‘media’ started ‘having a field day,’ with her explaining on her Instagram that she ‘prefers a more private life’ but wanted to share the ‘raw facts’ on the situation. 

‘I was babysitting a few months ago when one of the children wandered outside alone. A passerby who saw the child called the police, she wrote.

‘This resulted in a written citation, as well as a follow-up with child welfare who concluded that it was an accident and the child was unharmed.

‘They recognized it was a case of a child slipping out of the house when you turn your back for a moment. It all happened so quickly and was scary. 

‘I was certainly never arrested like some may have implied. In the end, I was just upset at myself that it had happened at all, but so thankful it all ended safely and that’s truly what mattered the most to me.’ 

Jana pleaded not guilty, but her case was eventually settled out of court in January 2022, with her paying a fine of $890.

Michelle’s comparisons of abortion to a ‘baby holocaust:’ She made controversial statements at a pro-life rally and publicly slammed a law protecting trans men and women

In 2013, Michelle was slammed online after she attended a pro-life rally in Texas and said abortions were like a 'baby holocaust.' She is seen at the rally

In 2013, Michelle was slammed online after she attended a pro-life rally in Texas and said abortions were like a ‘baby holocaust.’ She is seen at the rally

One year later, she faced backlash again when she spoke out against a law protecting LGBTQ+ citizens against discrimination. She is seen with Jim Bob

One year later, she faced backlash again when she spoke out against a law protecting LGBTQ+ citizens against discrimination. She is seen with Jim Bob

In 2013, Michelle was slammed online after she attended a pro-life rally in Texas and said abortions were like a ‘baby holocaust.’

Many people on the web were unhappy with her comparison of the medical procedure to the genocide of European Jews during World War II.

One year later, she faced backlash again when she spoke out against a law protecting LGBTQ+ citizens against discrimination.

The bill – called Ordinance 119 – would have allowed transgender men and women to use any public restroom, but Michelle said it would ‘endanger’ young girls by ‘allowing them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.’

‘The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use women’s and girl’s restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only,’ she said. 

The bill would allow transgender men and women to use any public restroom, but Michelle said it would 'endanger' young girls by 'allowing a man to join them in their private space'

The bill would allow transgender men and women to use any public restroom, but Michelle said it would ‘endanger’ young girls by ‘allowing a man to join them in their private space’

‘I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. 

‘We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.

‘Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?

‘I still believe that we are a society that puts women and children first. Women, young ladies and little girls deserve to use the restroom or any other facility in peace and safety.’

The law was eventually repealed in December 2014. 

Derick’s accusations of animal cruelty: PEETA slammed the star after he shared a video of himself nearly hitting a cat with a sled 

In March 2015, Derick was blasted after he shared a video of himself sledding with his family, and in it, he could be seen almost running into a cat on the way down the hill on his sleigh

In March 2015, Derick was blasted after he shared a video of himself sledding with his family, and in it, he could be seen almost running into a cat on the way down the hill on his sleigh

In March 2015, Derick was blasted after he shared a video of himself sledding with his family, and in it, he could be seen almost running into a cat on the way down the hill on his sleigh

The clip featured him speeding towards the animal before nearly ramming into it, as his family members could be heard giggling and cheering him on

The clip featured him speeding towards the animal before nearly ramming into it, as his family members could be heard giggling and cheering him on

Luckily, the cat darted out of the way just before being hit

Luckily, the cat darted out of the way just before being hit

In March 2015, Derick was blasted after he shared a video of himself sledding with his family, and in it, he could be seen almost running into a cat on the way down the hill on his sleigh.

The clip featured him speeding towards the animal before nearly ramming into it, as his family members could be heard giggling and cheering him on. Luckily, the cat darted out of the way just before being hit. 

‘You aimed right for that cat you sick f**k,’ wrote one angered viewer in the comment section.

Many angered viewers took to the comment section to slam him, and even PEETA got involved, stating, 'Jesus¿ command to "do unto others" includes all of God¿s creatures'

Many angered viewers took to the comment section to slam him, and even PEETA got involved, stating, ‘Jesus’ command to “do unto others” includes all of God’s creatures’

‘This is disgusting. You are are a cruel, awful man,’ said someone else. ‘Between this and bullying a teenager on Twitter… I’m absolutely disgusted and enraged. How can you call yourself a loving Christian?’

‘Terrible, this is not OK,’ agreed another person. 

PEETA even got involved, and demanded that he apologize, although, he never did.

‘Might doesn’t make right, but that’s the message you’ve sent to scores of impressionable young children and loyal fans,’ the organization said in a statement. 

‘I hope you’ll publicly apologize for your actions and remind your followers that Jesus’ command to “do unto others” includes all of God’s creatures.’

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