Two of Josh Duggar's sisters, Jessa Siebold and Jill Dillard, said they were victims of their brother's touching, but defended him on Fox News tonight.
The young women made their comments during in an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, noted Mediaite.com (video below).
"Most of the stuff out there is lies, it's not true. and so for truth's sake we want to come out and set the record straight," Jill stated.
Jill did not say what "lies" had been told.
Jessa said that what Josh did "was very wrong," but added:
I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I'm like that is so overboard and a lie, really. I mean, people get mad at me for saying that, but I'm like I can say this, you know, I was one of the victims, so I can speak out and say this and set the record straight here.
Like, in Josh's case, he was a boy, young boy in puberty and was a little too curious about girls and that got him into some trouble and he made some bad choices. But really the extent of it as mild inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping.
Jill and Jessa added that they didn't know about the touching until Josh confessed it to their parents who told them.
Jill claimed the touching was "very mild" compared to what happens to some young women. Jessa added that other girls go through "way worse."
Josh was reportedly 14-15 years old when the incidents happened in 2002-2003. The victims reportedly included up to five underage females, including some of his sisters.
"For us, it's like, okay, we realize this was serious, but at the same time it wasn't like a horror story or like this terrible thing," Jessa recalled.
Jessa also claimed that her parents handled the situation very well, even though there were reportedly repeated instances.
Jill later broke down in tears when recalling how the story was broke by In Touch Weekly, which did not identify any of the victims by name.
Jessa claimed that how the magazine got the story via a Freedom Of Information Act request was some "hokey pokey," however, that claim has been debunked before, noted RawStory.com.
Jessa suggested that some of the tabloid magazines that reported the story were owned by a "major porn provider" that objectified women.