Josh Duggar Arrested Being Held in Jail in Arkansas
Josh Duggar, Star of TLC's 19 Kids And Counting, Arrested by U.S. … Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:00:00 -0700-Online prison records did not indicate what Josh Duggar has been charged with.
Online jail records do not indicate what charges he was arrested on when he was booked
Josh Duggar has been arrested and is being held without bond in an Arkansas jail.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star was arrested by Homeland Security on Thursday, a representative for the U.S. Marshals Service confirms to PEOPLE. Online jail records do not indicate what charges he was arrested on when he was booked.
Representatives for Josh and for TLC did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
Josh, 33, has faced various controversies since entering the public eye with his family on TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting.
In mid-May 2015, Josh apologized for his “wrongdoing” after a 2006 police report revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters Jill, 25, and Jessa, 24, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.
Months later, in August 2015, Gawker reported that the oldest Duggar son appeared to have had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website created to facilitate cheating on your spouse.
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Josh ultimately confessed to having a pornography addiction and cheating on wife Anna Duggar in an apologetic statement on the Duggar family website.
“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. 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,” the statement read.
Most recently, Josh faced a real estate lawsuit in 2019. In September of that year, KARK.com reported that a three-day jury trial is set for Josh, who is “accused of fraud and is being sued for 'quiet title' and breaching a contract, according to court records.”
Josh's place of employment, an Arkansas car dealership, was also previously raided by Homeland Security as part of an “ongoing federal investigation” in November 2019, authorities told TV station KNWA at the time. It was unclear whether Josh was the focus of the investigation.
Various outlets had previously reported that Homeland Security had raided the Duggar family home, which they denied.
“We were shocked to see a news report today state that our home was raided by federal law enforcement agencies. This is not true. To the best of our knowledge, it's also not true that any member of our family is the target of any investigation of any kind,” a rep for the family told PEOPLE in a statement following the reports.
His arrest comes days after Anna, 32, announced that she and Josh are expecting their seventh child together, a baby girl.
Josh Duggar Arrested, Being Held in Jail in Arkansas Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:00:00 -0700-Josh Duggar, former star of TLC's 19 Kids And Counting, has reportedly been arrested by Homeland Security and held without bond at an Arkansas jail.
Josh Duggar poses for a booking photo after his arrest on April 29, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images
Josh Duggar, former cast member on the long-running TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, was reportedly arrested by U.S. Marshals on Thursday in Washington County, Arkansas, according to BuzzFeed News. What he’s been arrested for, however, is currently unclear. According to his online detainee profile, the former reality star is being held without bond by a federal agency. The FBI denied involvement in the case, while Washington County Sheriff’s Office officials referred BuzzFeed News’s questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has yet to release any information on the charges leveled against Duggar.
19 Kids And Counting, which ran for seven years on the network, followed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar as they raised their 19 children as devout Baptists in Tontitown, Arkansas. In 2015, the series was abruptly suspended, then canceled, after In Touch published a report alleging Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teenager, including several of his sisters, behavior Duggar publicly confirmed and apologized for, saying he had “acted inexcusably.” Later that same year, Duggar, who is married, called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever” when his paid subscription to the Ashley Madison dating site was leaked as a part of a larger data hack.
In November 2015, porn actress Danica Dillion filed a lawsuit against Duggar for allegedly assaulting her in a Philadelphia strip club, though she opted to dismiss the lawsuit the following year. According to TMZ, in November 2019, Homeland Security reportedly raided the car dealership where Duggar works in connection to a federal probe. Additionally, they report, the former reality star is allegedly involved in “a civil lawsuit filed against him for real estate fraud.” We’ll update this post as new information becomes available.
19 Kids And Counting’s Josh Duggar Arrested by U.S. Marshals
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