Josh Duggar, the former executive director of Family Research Council‘s political PAC, has left the “faith-based treatment center” he checked into after being exposed as a serial adulterer and porn addict according to Entertainment Tonight. Duggar stayed at the facility for six months.
Duggar, who is part of the notoriously homophobic Duggar clan, is featured with his family in the TV series “19 Kids and Counting.” The group is part of the “Quiverfull” fundamentalist evangelical movement that eschews birth control; adherents also usually homeschool their children and subscribe to a patriarchal family arrangement that sees the father as the ultimate authority in the home.
In 2015, it was reported that Duggar had molested five minor girls, including four of his sisters, but had escaped punishment after the family pulled strings with local authorities. His parents said they he had received religious counseling and hid the incident so it wouldn’t jeopardize their television show that focuses on their faith and morals.
After the website Ashley Madison, a place for married people to meet to cheat on their spouses, was hacked, Duggar was revealed as a member. Later, other women came forward claiming Duggar had sex with them and one said the encounter “felt as if she were being raped.”
Duggar resigned his position with FRC, the anti-LGBT organization designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, admitted to cheating on his wife and said he had a “secret addiction” to pornography. While the media firestorm raged and the family television show was put on hiatus, Duggar checked himself into the non-medical “rehab” clinic.
His wife, Anna Duggar, has said she will not divorce him because her religious beliefs do not condone the practice.
“Anna is planning on getting back together with Josh, that’s just how it goes,” a family friend told Entertainment Tonight. “The family was taught to have a new level of forgiveness towards Josh.”