From The Inquistir
Josh Duggar has been accused of molesting another Arkansas woman—but did the Duggar clan know the report would surface? On the same day the report was published by celebrity tabloid magazine In Touch, the Duggar family shared an inspirational quote on their official Facebook page that indicates they might have been aware the news would reach their fans.
On April 20, the Duggars shared a quote from preacher Charles Spurgeon (the namesake of Spurgeon Seewald, Jim Bob and Michelle’s grandson) that read the following.
“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”
The same day, rumors began that an Arkansas woman came forward to claim that Josh sexually abused her several years ago, presumably around the same time Josh molested several other young girls. The anonymous victim reportedly lives near the Duggar hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, and knows Josh well.
A source knowledgeable about the situation revealed to In Touch magazine that following “last year’s revelations” about the Josh Duggar scandals, “word got around that there was another girl who said she’d been abused by Josh when she was a teenager.”
But the victim wasn’t just anybody. According to the insider, the Duggar family “knew the girl” but naturally didn’t want her to tell her story about Josh. After the scandals that nearly brought the famous reality star family down, “Michelle was terrified when she heard that this girl was talking about what Josh had done” and the impact it might have on their own lives.
It’s well known that following the myriad of Josh Duggar scandals in 2015 and the subsequent cancellation of the long-running 19 Kids & Counting that the Duggar family lost several hundred thousand, if not millions, of dollars in income. Josh himself lost his job in Washington, DC.
They’ve managed to bounce back somewhat after TLC picked up Jill & Jessa: Counting On for a season, but the Duggar clan still has lost speaking engagements and book deals, including several conferences where they were mainstays for years.
According to Hollywood Life, after the latest alleged Josh Duggar victim came forward, Jim Bob and Michelle confronted the woman’s parents “to represent their daughter in a face-to-face confrontation.” During the meeting, Jim Bob reportedly asked if there would be any lawsuits, but the woman’s parents assured the Duggar patriarch that they would handle the situation with their daughter.
While the parents confirmed that the woman isn’t looking for a pay day, according to Hollywood Life, she’s had a rough life since Josh allegedly molested her, including rebelling and leaving home. In addition, the Josh Duggar scandals last year “made her an emotional wreck.”
Considering that Josh has become something of a target following the $500,000 lawsuit filed by adult film star Danica Dillon, it’s understandable why Jim Bob would be concerned this alleged victim would be only out for money, too. In her lawsuit, Dillon claimed that she had sex with Josh, who was so rough, she felt as if she was being raped. The lawsuit was later dropped after Josh proved he wasn’t in the same state as Danica, and Dillon failed to provide enough proof to the judge that Josh abused her.
While the Duggar family did not reveal why they shared the somber quote from Charles Spurgeon, many fans are wondering if it reflects a downcast mood because the Josh Duggar scandals continue, particularly since it was shared on the same day the In Touch report was published.
If I were the victim I would definitely look for a payday. And I don't blame the girl for rebelling and running away.