Michelle Duggar says she can’t believe that the world learned from a tabloid that her eldest son molested four of her daughters as a teen, telling Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly Wednesday night, that “as a mom, that breaks my heart for my girls.”
Speaking publicly for the first time since their son Josh’s molestation scandal became worldwide news, Michelle, 48, said that when her four daughters spoke to authorities in 2006 at the Children’s Safety Center in Springdale, Arkansas, about how their brother, Josh, now 27, had molested them, they thought they were doing so with complete confidentiality.
“I think what’s so devastating as a mom, for me, is, we took our children to the Children’s Safety Center,” Michelle, 48, told Kelly. “We trusted them. We trusted the police department. Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything. And then to have their trust betrayed?
“For all of their information and everything to be turned over to a tabloid for those things to be twisted and shared in a slanderous way – story after story, tabloid after tabloid
“They have been victimized more by what has happened in these last couple weeks. And they weren’t told years ago because they honestly – they didn’t even understand or know that anything had happened until after the fact when they were told about it.”
On May 19, an explosive tabloid report surfaced saying that Josh had molested five underage girls as a teen. Later, the tabloid published sealed juvenile records related to the case.
“In our hearts before God, we haven’t been keeping secrets. We have been protecting those that honestly should be protected. And now what’s happened is that they have been victimized by people with an agenda, and for whatever profit they think they are going to get.
“One thing I know is that God is going to use all of this for good.”
When Kelly asked the couple if they think their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, will be canceled, Jim Bob Duggar, the family patriarch, said, “At this point, our family is just trying to regroup from these attacks. When you are in every newspaper and everything throughout the world I mean, it’s been an unprecedented attack on our family.
“This information was released illegally. I wonder why all of this press is not going after the system for releasing juvenile records. That is a huge story,” he continued.
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“Now what our son did 12 years ago, I’m sure that’s a major story to them too, but yet, hopefully justice will be served on the ones who release juvenile records to protect other juveniles from having their records released.”
Additional portions of Kelly’s interview with the Duggars will air on The Kelly File during a one-hour special on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.