- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar admitted Thursday that he’s the “biggest hypocrite ever” after he was listed among the 37 million people using the controversial website Ashley Madison revealed by hackers this week.

Mr. Duggar issued a statement following a Gawker report saying he paid for two accounts on the Ashley Madison website, which connects cheating spouses.

“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,” he said in the statement, TMZ reported.

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“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,” he said. “I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust.”

“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings,” Mr. Duggar continued. “I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”

Hackers made good on their promise Tuesday to expose registered users of the Ashley Madison website if its owners refused to take it offline. Among the thousands of U.S. government officials and other notables using the website is Mr. Duggar, who resigned from his position this year as executive director of the Family Research Council following allegations that he sexually molested five young girls, including four of his own sisters, when he was a teenager.

“Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, owned by his grandmother Mary — a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child — paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015,” Gawker reported Wednesday.

According to the data, Mr. Duggar, who is married, was seeking an extramarital partner for a variety of sexual activities, including “Experimenting with Sex Toys” and “One-Night Stands.”

His turn-ons included “Girl Next Door,” “Naughty Girl,” “Discretion/Secrecy,” and “Has a Secret Love Nest,” Gawker reported.

“In July 2014, he seems to have started a second account that was linked to his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he spent his time lobbying against causes like same-sex marriage,” Gawker reported. “The two accounts overlap by a period of a few months. When he launched the second account, Duggar paid an initial fee of $250 that appears to have gone toward the purchase of an ‘affair guarantee.’ “

Ashley Madison customers who buy 1,000 credits for $250 receive a money-back “affair guarantee,” if they don’t have an affair within three months, according to CNN.

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