Amy Duggar King is not keeping quiet any longer about how much Josh Duggar’s conviction has upset her. In a new interview, Amy talked about her reaction when she heard that her cousin Josh Duggar could be facing up to 20 years behind bars if convicted of his child pornography charges.
Amy Hopes Justice will be served for Her Cousin Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar, the eldest child of Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar and who rose to fame on his family’s TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, was arrested by Homeland Security in late April and charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.
The 33-year-old reality TV star pleaded not guilty in the case and if convicted, would face up to 20 years in prison. His lawyers revealed to E! News that they intend to fight back. “We intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly. In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom—and that is exactly what Josh intends to do.”
Josh was later released on bail but was ordered not to stay in any dwelling with children in it and can only see his six children in the presence of his wife, who is pregnant with their seventh child. He currently stays at his family friend’s house as he awaits his trial.
In comments posted on Thursday, May 27, Amy shared with NBC’s Today Parents that she was worried about their kids, adding, “Who wouldn’t worry about that?”
There is no indication that the couple’s children are involved in Josh’s case.
“My heart goes out to all those innocent, sweet victims,” the 34-year-old mother-of-one continued. “It breaks my heart…I really hope justice is served.”
Amy Supports Her Cousin Jill for Distancing Herself from the Family
“I will just say that whatever you do in the darkness comes out in the light. If you’re going to look at such disgusting and sickening images, justice has to be served,” Amy Duggar King added. “To look at my little guy who is 19 months old… my heart and my brain cannot comprehend that. It blows my mind. It’s heartbreaking and disgusting and evil. It’s so evil. I want nothing to do with it.”
Following Josh’s arrest, Amy told E! News that she wants no part of the situation, “I want to be as far away from this horrific situation as I possibly can.”
This isn’t the first time that Josh Duggar has been involved with sexual charges, the family’s show, 19 Kids and Counting, which aired from 2008 to 2015, was cancelled after a 2006 police report, which stated that Josh Duggar had sexually molested five underage girls, was unearthed. The underage girls were reportedly sleeping during the time, and no charges were made.
After the reports surfaced, he issued a statement: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”
His parents later told Fox News that he has received counseling and was forced to speak to the police.
Four of the victims were his sisters, including Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Sewald, both of whom also spoke to Fox News about their ordeal and the unearthed report.
“We didn’t even know about it until he went and confessed it to my parents,” Jill said in that interview. “I was angry at first, I was like, how could this happen? And then, you know, my parents explained to us what happened and then Josh came and asked each of us, individually I know, he asked me to forgive him. And I had to make that choice to forgive him.”
Following his arrest in April on the child pornography charges, his sister Jill and her husband Derrick Dillard released a statement, “We just found out this information yesterday. It is very sad.”
In recent years, Jill has distanced herself from the family, but Amy said in an interview that they remain very close to each other.
“To see her live her life that’s freeing and still godly, but not being restrained, is a really, really beautiful thing to see,” Amy said. “She has my full support.”