Amy Duggar Comes Clean on Details of Cousin Josh's Molestation Scandal

When news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke a few months ago, we immediately began to wonder who his five, underage female victims were. Now that 19 Kids and Counting has officially been canceled, one family member seems to be distancing herself. Amy Duggar says she was not one of Josh's victims and in fact didn't even know about his crimes until the rest of us found out about them.


The aspiring country singer told People magazine,  "I didn't know about it ... It took me by surprise."

She claims that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar kept it in the immediate family (and those church leaders, and that trooper who gave Josh a "stern lecture," and that mentor who put Josh to work at a Christian therapy center), and that she never knew that particular skeleton was hiding in her family's closet.

"I knew that he did go away for a little bit, but I didn't know why," she said about Josh's three-month absence for rehabilitation.

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I guess this puts to rest any speculation that Amy was the fifth victim. According to the police report, four of the five victims were Josh's siblings, and the fifth a female babysitter who was sleeping over on the couch. The timing fits that makes it possible that Amy is the unnamed fifth person, but she wants to make it clear that it was not her.

"I was not part of it at all," she said. "I wasn't anywhere near any of that." As she gets ready for her upcoming wedding with fiancé Dillon King (which the entire Duggar clan is expected to attended, by the way), she's just trying to move past it, as is everyone else.

"Honestly, I don't even think about it," she revealed. "I think we're all past it."

I'm willing to bet that while the family may be past the actual abuse, they're probably still coping with the fallout. After all, the show has been their livelihood for years, and now they've been dropped like a hot potato. It's a lot to recover from.


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