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Did The Duggar Girls Hint At Josh’s Molestation In Their 2014 Book? You Read And Decide!

Back in 2014, the eldest Duggar daughters — Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger — released an advice book.

Growing Up Duggar gave tips on all sorts of relationships, including ones with friends, parents, and even siblings.

Given the recent disclosure that eldest Duggar child Josh Duggar molested his sisters twelve years ago, it’s safe to assume at least one (and potentially all) of the book’s authors was his victims (as most of the other Duggar daughters weren’t even born at that time).

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In a story you’ll see on PerezHilton.com first, there’s a whole chapter entitled “Your Relationship With Your Siblings” devoted to the topic, including brother-sister relationships. Did the eldest daughters hint at the molestation in their book? Check out these excerpts and decide:

In the first part of the chapter, the sisters (who write collectively) talk about reacting to siblings who “misbehave” or “treat [them] unfairly.”

They write:

“Even though we may not feel like forgiving someone, we must choose to forgive every person who offends us and do it before they ask — and regardless if they ever do ask.”

They add:

“The choice to forgive doesn’t always free the other person from the consequences of his or her wrong actions, but it frees the forgiver of negative feelings towards the offender. And if we still have feelings of bitterness, the Bible says it’s not only to forgive the other person, but also to go a step further and look for ways to bless him or her.”

Those are pretty strong but unspecific words.
If the Duggars preach forgiveness frees the forgiver of negative feelings towards the offender — and to even bless offenders — it may explain why Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar refused to initially bring Josh in for police questioning after he admitted his despicable actions, and why Josh was sent to live with family friends instead of entering a rehabilitation program.

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A later passage in the chapter potentially provides even more insights.

The girls write about a “chain of command” in the family that follows birth order (with Josh being the eldest):

“The system is for when an older child encourages a younger child to do what is right or not do what is wrong, and the younger child is expected to listen … their older siblings are their elders and they should treat them as such … Josiah can ask James to stop whistling in the car, and he needs to stop.”

Given their patriarchal family structure and this “chain of command,” one can only speculate what the girls were thinking when their eldest brother was touching them. While Josh’s offenses took place in 2002-2003, the girls weren’t interviewed by police until December 2006, but charges were not filed because the three-year statute of limitation had run out.

None of the Duggar girls have publicly reacted to Josh’s admission, though Jim Bob and Michelle released a statement saying that “God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us.”

Their words seem to echo what their daughters wrote in Growing Up Duggar, with the emphasis on forgiveness instead of fault.

With the statutes of limitation expired and court documents set to be destroyed, Josh will unlike face any legal repercussions. It remains to be seen if his sisters will speak out, but they seem to be following their own advice to forgive … and to also not talk.

[Image via Simon & Schuster.]

New Release – The Cage



Today’s Featured New Release is The Cage ($9.99 Kindle), by Megan Shepherd [Balzer + Bray].

Book Description

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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Tracy Morgan Finally Settles Lawsuit With Walmart After Being Seriously Injured In Truck Accident — See The Company’s Apologetic Statement HERE!

Last year, Tracy Morgan was involved in a horrible car accident with a Walmart truck, which left the comedian seriously injured and killed fellow comedian James McNair.

On Wednesday, the superstore announced that it had settled a lawsuit with Morgan’s representatives.

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The actual terms of the settlement are confidential, but according to Walmart CEO Greg Foran, the settlement that ended the litigation was “amicable.”

Foran had this to say in a statement from the company:

“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident. While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr. Morelli, and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.”

Morgan’s agent Lewis Kay had nothing to add to Walmart’s statement, so it does sound like the two parties reached an agreement.

We’re glad this litigation was finally settled and that Tracy can get back to focusing on getting better!

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

Arnold is Back in the Role that Made Him a Star

Get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the set of Terminator Genisys in the June issue of M&F.

I trained with the Terminator. And guess what? He likes using machines.

In the June issue of Muscle & Fitness, I tell the story of how Arnold Schwarzenegger invited me down to New Orleans for a few days, to visit the set of Terminator: Genisys—an unforgettable experience to be sure! In the feature I describe one of our workouts, which took place in a somewhat antiquated fitness club buried in the far end of a mall. What I don’t show you, however, is the only known photo in existence from our gym time. 

Be sure to check out my feature in this month’s issue for the story behind this photo, and for a detailed look at how Arnold spends his free time on set when he’s not channeling his inner cybernetic organism!

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Get the new issue of Muscle & Fitness with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s kick-ass, on-set workout, on newsstands now!

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Chris Brown Celebrates His Daughter Royalty’s Birthday With This Precious Pic!

Awwww!

Say what you want about him, but Chris Brown sure loves his little girl, and he LOVES taking pictures of her!

Whether it’s a red carpet pic, or a sweet, at-home snap, he wants to show his baby g off!

And now, he has a very important reason to: it’s Royalty‘s birthday!

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The singer took to Instagram Wednesday to share a special snap of one-year-old, writing:

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LIL LADY ROYALTY!!!! I Love u

Kim Kardashian Gets Into A Car Accident With No Seat Belt! Watch The Scary Video HERE

The mid-season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is coming to E! this Sunday, and it’s going to be a lot more harrowing than expected!

That’s because even after becoming a mommy, Kim Kardashian West apparently doesn’t always wear her seatbelt!

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Based on this promo, Kim K, Kylie Jenner, and Khloe Kardashian had a major car accident scare — and the whole thing was caught on film!

See the moment Kim realizes she should have remembered “Click It or Ticket” (below)!

[Image via E!.]