Josh admitted to molesting five underage girls when he was also underage but in a shocking twist, one of the non-family victims is planning to file a civil lawsuit against Josh! This means Josh may have to go to court and face his victim and perhaps new information will come forward.
Josh Duggar‘s worst nightmare is becoming a reality. Just when he thought he was able to put the molestation scandal behind him, the TLC star may have to face off in court with one of the women he molested when they were both teenagers. The victim is reportedly is very upset that she has to relive the horrible events that took place at the hands of Josh and is hurt that his family is attempting to minimize the pain he put her through. This lawsuit could also mean that Josh, 27, may take the stand and reveal details about the molestations that he’s been trying to cover up!
An insider tells InTouch that Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle will be “forced to reveal in court all the details about the scandal they have been covering up,” according to the magazine. “I have heard a [nonfamily] victim is preparing to sue. This whole sordid affair with Josh rattled a lot of people, including the victim, who has to relive this nightmare all over again after watching Josh’s parents go on TV and whitewash what happened.” This is reference to Josh’s parents and sisters, Jessa and Jill Duggar, appearing on Fox News and urging the public to move past the scandal since they claim to have done so themselves. “It’s not uncommon for a victim to come forward years after the abuse has taken place,” the insider continued. “She may have repressed it or processed it in her own way, but Josh’s public admission that he did something wrong — and how Jim Bob and Michelle handled everything on TV — surely had to affect her.”
The report goes on to say that the Duggars will not be able to invoke the Fifth Amendment because the criminal statute of limitations has expired. “Josh and his parents will be deposed and Jim Bob and Michelle will be asked about these safeguards that they say were in place to protect their daughters from Josh,” attorney Jason Files tells InTouch. Josh and his family will also have to explain when and how Josh got counseling, which church elders knew about the molestation and they will have to discuss what happened when they were initially investigated. A source tells HollywoodLife.com that Josh is getting a ton of support from his family and friends right now and isn’t considering doing anything drastic to harm himself despite the stress he is under: “He is getting through this with the help of friends and family, but killing himself has never crossed his mind. He sure as hell is feeling the pressure of the situation but physical harm is not the end game.”
HollywoodLifers, do you feel sorry for Josh?
— Chloe Melas