With a child molestation scandal swirling around a TLC reality show, a tape has surfaced that shows “19 Kids and Counting’s” Josh Duggar — the figure at the center of the scandal — joking about dating his underage siblings.
TMZ.com posted the clip, which is from 2008 — when the show was known as “17 Kids and Counting.”
Allegations surfaced last week that indicate Duggar confessed to molesting a number of female minors, including his sisters. Authorities reportedly opened a felony investigation into the allegations back in 2006.
Duggar, now 27, would have been about 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged abuse incidents, which reportedly began in 2002, according to TMZ.
In the clip from 2008, “Josh describes a double date scenario with his then-fiancee Anna … he ended up going with 2 of his siblings,” TMZ reports. “Josh explains, ‘We chose Jana and John David. We thought why not, have a double date … We are from Arkansas!'”
Duggar laughs after making the remark. You can find the brief clip on the TMZ website by clicking on the link near the top of this story.
TLC has pulled the show off the air amid the scandal, as we reported last week. The channel released a statement in which it said: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of ’19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”