Josh Duggar Issues Apology After Ashley Madison Hack: "I Have Been Biggest Hypocrite Ever"

On Thursday, former reality star and Family Research Council executive Josh Duggar issued, then removed, a statement after revelations emerged Wednesday he had apparently maintained an account on the website Ashley Madison. The Canadian company that facilitates consensual adultery was the subject of a hack in July that led to millions of users' private data being released. 

Mic was able to access a cached version of the statement after it was removed from the Duggar website.

"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," Duggar said in a statement also signed by parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. "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."

An OkCupid account suspected to have belonged to Duggar indicated a strong desire for both immediate and casual sex. That account was deactivated on Thursday morning. 

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In his statement, Duggar expressed regret about the people he had hurt both in the most recent controversy and in a previous incident where he reportedly molested a number of women, including some of his sisters, several years ago. 

"As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example."

Read the full statement below:

 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.

In July TLC pulled the plug on Duggar and his family's high-rated signature show, 19 Kids and Counting. The network does plan to bring the family back for a one-hour special about child sexual abuse, which will air Aug. 30.

h/t Gawker