NEW YORK — Reality TV star Josh Duggar has been named as one of 37-million users on the controversial website Ashley Madison.
On Tuesday evening, hackers released personal information of millions of people using the infidelity dating website. The hackers announced last month that if Ashley Madison didn’t shut down the website, they would publish names, addresses and more of the registered users.
The hackers followed through on their promise, posting the data online as well as a downloadable file on a popular torrent website.
Gawker revealed Wednesday that TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was a paying member of Ashley Madison.
Data released online shows a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar with a billing address that matches his grandmother’s home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The alleged account paid a total of $986.76 for two monthly subscriptions from Feb. 2013 to May 2015.
According to data from Duggar’s Ashley Madison account, Duggar was looking for an extramarital partner for “experimenting with sex toys” who was open to one night stands. His “turn-ons” listed included “girl next door” and a take charge nature.
The account was deleted around the time Duggar was at the center of a sexual assault controversy.
Duggar allegedly admitted to five younger girls including his sisters while he was a teenager. He is accused of touching the girls’ private parts. Some of the girls were asleep at the time of the alleged incidents.
“I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Duggar said in a statement in May. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”
Jim Bob Duggar, Josh’s father, met with church elders to send him to a church program. Police were never informed of the matter. No charges can be filed due to the statute of limitations.
His parents released a statement to People Magazine following the sex abuse scandal.
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”