Josh Duggar Moving Back to Arkansas, Hires Kate Gosselin's Bodyguard
By Antoinette Bueno
Josh Duggar is moving out of his Oxon Hill, Md. home.
Moving trucks were spotted outside of the embattled former lobbyist's home on Tuesday, following the 27-year-old reality star's molestation scandal. Sources tell ET that Josh and his wife Anna -- plus their children, daughter Mackynzie, 5, and sons Michael, 3, and Marcus, 1 -- are moving back to Arkansas, where the Duggar family is based.
Interestingly enough, Josh has also just hired a bodyguard familiar with the spotlight -- Steve Nield, Kate Gosselin's bodyguard, who the former Kate Plus 8 star was rumored to be dating last year. Sources tell ET that Nield was spotted at Josh's Maryland home on Monday, telling photographers to leave.
Josh's move comes as fallout from his molestation scandal continues. He's already resigned from his position at Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council, and ET just confirmed that he and Anna have also canceled an upcoming high-profile appearance at the Alive Festival -- a Christian music festival -- in Ohio taking place from June 17 to June 20. However, Jessa and Ben Seewald are still scheduled to attend. Jessa, 22, and her older sister Jill, 24, both confirmed that they are two of Josh's victims in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly last week.
So far, no official decision has been made on the future of the family's hit TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting. CNN Money reports that the Duggars' public-image crisis is now being managed by Chad Gallagher, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's longtime political adviser. The Duggar family campaigned for the 59-year-old politician during his 2008 presidential bid, and they are endorsing him for his 2016 campaign. Huckabee was also one of the first to publicly support Josh after his molestation scandal broke.
"No one needs to defend Josh's actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family's authenticity and humility," Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page last month. "Janet [Huckabee's wife] and I love [Josh's parents] Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family."
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar confirmed that Josh was guilty of molesting five girls -- four of his younger sisters and one of the family's babysitters -- in their much-watched Fox News interview last week. Watch below: