A few months ago, we were shocked to report that 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar had been implicated in a sex scandal after he faced allegations of having “violent sex” with a porn star. This in turn came after Josh was accused of molesting four of his sisters.
Now, things have taken a disturbing new twist for the Duggar family, as longtime family friend Bill Gothard is facing accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.
According to Western Journalism, the Duggars turned to Gothard and his organization the Institute of Basic Life Principles after Josh was first accused. However, Gothard and his organization are currently being sued by ten women for $500,000.
Gretchen Wilkinson, a plaintiff in the suit, says she was molested by Gothard when she was a child, and details of her claim have been released in a series of court documents.
“He was built up to a god-like state in our eyes because he was a man who could do no wrong. I looked up to him as a father figure, almost like how Catholics look up to priests, bishops or their pope,” Wilkinson said in a recent interview. “Now I can see a photo of him and say, ‘You can’t touch me.’ That’s incredibly freeing to me.”
Another plaintiff in the suit, identified only as Jane Doe II, said she was raped when she was 7 years-old by a counselor in a training center. Later on she was raped by Gothard himself, and afterwards, he “personally threatened her” when she mentioned the abuse again.
Gothard has vehemently denied the accusations against him.
“Oh no. Never never. Oh! That’s horrible,” he said. “Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”
The Institute of Basic Life Principles, which was founded by Gothard, is the parent organization of the homeschooling program Michelle Duggard used to educate her 19 children. Josh Duggar was sent to a Basic Life Principles program back in 2003, immediately after his parents learned he had molested five girls, including four of his sisters.
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