The former star of “Counting On,” Josh Duggar, will have to wait for his day in court.
According to reports from US Weekly, Duggar’s upcoming trial date has been pushed back by four months. His original trial date was set for sometime in July, following his arrest in April.
Duggar’s new trial date will now begin sometime in November. The news also comes amid TLC’s decision to cancel the Duggar family’s reality show, “Counting On.” Reportedly, the network canceled the show due to Duggar’s arrest on charges of possessing child pornography.
Several outlets reported that Duggar wanted to have his trial date pushed back until February 2022. Instead, a judge denied Duggar’s request but instead moved it back four months. Now, Duggar will stand trial, beginning on November 30 of 2021. A judge initially scheduled pre-trial proceedings to start on Thursday, July 1.
In April, Arkansas authorities arrested Duggar for receiving and possessing child pornography. As a result, he’s now facing charges that could put him in jail for up to 20 years. He could also pay up to $250,000 in fines on each count if found guilty.
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After his arrest, Duggar entered a not guilty plea and was later released on bond. Although Duggar has yet to make a public statement, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have spoken out about the scandal.
The couple released a public statement that read, “The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna [Duggar] and continue to pray for their family.”
After authorities released Duggar from jail, he’s reportedly staying with family friends. He cannot return home to his wife and six children due to the nature of the charges.
Amid the scandalous allegations, on Tuesday, TLC revealed that they were canceling the long-running show, which premiered in 2015. While Duggar was not featured on the show, he is the brother of the primary siblings seen on the show.
While the network did not give a reason why they decided to end the show, they hinted that Duggar’s arrest was a factor. “TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On. TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately,” the network wrote.
This isn’t the first time that Duggar has been at the center of controversy. In 2015, TLC canceled their original series, “19 Kids and Counting.” The cancellation came after several of his sisters accused him of molestation when he was a teenager.
Duggar found himself amid scandal yet again when he confessed to cheating on his wife when someone leaked his Ashley Madison profile.