Just one day after the news broke that Josh Duggar had an account on the adult website Ashley Madison, he released a statement on the Duggar family website Thursday admitting that he cheated on his wife. “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” Duggar wrote.
“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, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
He apologized directly to his family for his latest and previous scandal. “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,” he continued. “The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings. 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.”
TLC canceled the Duggar family’s show “19 Kids & Counting” in July after Duggar admitted to having molested several underage girls several years ago, including two of his sisters.
Earlier this week, hacker(s) supposedly released all of the data pulled from the Ashley Madison dating website in July into the wilds of the Dark Web.
The Dark Web refers to websites that hide their serve IP addresses. These sites can often only be accessed if you have a specific browser. In this case, according to “Wired,” the data dump can only be accessed through the Tor browser, reports wired.
Ashley Madison has over 38 million accounts and the 9.7 gigabytes of data supposedly includes all of account names, addresses and credit card transaction details. The original breach was conducted because the hacker(s), who go by the title “Impact Team,” found evidence that Ashley Madison and other sites owned by Avid Life Media Inc. are scamming people. Impact Team claims that the sites knowingly contain fraudulent accounts and charge to remove member information and close accounts.
In July, Avid Life Media Inc. issued take down notices to file-sharing websites that supposedly had samples from the breach. Although Ashley Madison users have come forward already to confirm that the newly released information is real, Avid Life Media Inc. is still investigating and has yet to confirm these claims.