Jinger Duggar insists brother Josh's scandal 'brought the family closer' after he was accused of molesting minors

JINGER Duggar shared her brother Josh's scandal actually "brought the family closer."

In 2015, the former Counting On star was accused of molesting minors.

Jinger, 27, told Us: “Our family was way closer because of that, and in spite of that, I guess you’d say. I will never forget how I felt in that moment.

"And I think even everything that happens in our lives — because we’re in the public eye — it makes it more challenging because then it’s not just dealing with these things inwardly, but you have to give an answer to the world.

"That makes it a much tougher thing to walk through.”

Jinger and her husband, Jeremy, are about to release a new book, The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace in the Promises of God, on May 4

The Counting On star went on: “Walking through that season, it was one of the hardest times of our lives.

“It’s in those times where it’s not popular to be your friend, seeing how they responded really showed us the love of Christ through them and through their friendships.

"I think that was something that stood out to me and I saw the friends who came so close and were like, ‘Hey, I’ll just sit with you,’ ‘I’ll bring you a meal or hang out with you if you want to.’ In those times I thought, ‘Man, that really meant the most.'”

In 2015, Josh was accused of molesting multiple underage girls, including his sisters Jill and Jessa, when he was a teen.

According to a 2006 police report, which Arkansas police later destroyed, Josh's dad Jim Bob first told cops in 2002 that he had molested young victims while they were asleep in the Duggar family home.

Josh also admitted to having an affair, after reports that he had subscribed to the Ashley Madison affair website.

Meanwhile, fans are convinced Josh's wife Anna is pregnant again after seeing her at her sister Susanna Keller's baby shower.

Followers claimed it "definitely" looks like she's expecting her seventh child at the shower in Florida.

She has six children with Josh, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason, and Maryella, who is one.

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