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Ashley Madison hack: family values activist Josh Duggar admits porn addiction and affairs

Published 21/08/2015

9.7 gigabytes data dump appears to include members' account details and log-ins for the social networking site
9.7 gigabytes data dump appears to include members' account details and log-ins for the social networking site

US anti-gay marriage and family values campaigner Josh Duggar, who was found to be on cheating website Ashley Madison, has called himself ‘a hypocrite’.

Mr Duggar’s credit card was found to have paid for an account on the site, details of which were leaked by a massive hacking attack.

Now Mr Duggar has admitted to being a member of the site – and said he has an addiction to internet porn.

He was named an executive director of the Family Research Council in 2013 - before resigning earlier this year.

The conservative lobbying group’s mission statement says it seeks to “champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.”

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In a statement on the Duggar family’s website, he said: “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.

“I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.

“I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”

The statement was later edited to remove reference to a porn addiction.

Earlier this year, Mr Duggar was forced to apologise after reports emerged alleging he molested girls as a teenager, including his sisters. He said then that he "acted inexcusably."

Duggar, 27, appeared on TLC's hit show 19 Kids and Counting. It has since been cancelled.

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