“19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar responded to allegations of child molestation Thursday by calling his actions “inexcusable.”
Now, Mike Huckabee is standing up for him.
“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities,” Huckabee wrote in a post on Facebook. “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”
According to a report from In Touch magazine, Duggar, 27, was investigated in 2006 for inappropriately touching minors when he was a teenager. Last evening, he released a statement that has since been obtained by ABC News in which he said he “would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.”
“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling,” he added. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Huckabee, who’s been friendly with the Duggar family for some time, wrote that “being a minor means that one’s judgment is not mature.” He added that by admitting and apologizing for his actions, Josh Duggar acted as a testament to his family’s “authenticity” and “humility.”
“It is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends,” he concluded. “Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”
A personal representative for the Duggars had no additional comment Friday morning, nor did a rep for TLC.
SOURCE: ABC News – Lesley Messer