Josh Duggar's brother Jed accused of trying to 'distract' from child pornography trial as he reflects on winter proposal
AS he awaits being called to the stand as a witness, Josh Duggar's brother Jed is taking a trip down memory lane, posting pictures of his Valentines Day proposal to now-wife Katey Nakatsu.
But Duggar fans and trial followers slammed the younger brother for trying to distract attention from Josh's child pornography trial.
On Instagram Monday, Jed shared the engagement photos, which date back to February.
He captioned the series: "Looking back on our romantic winter proposal on Valentine's Day! It was -13°F and snowing! She was SO surprised!!"
Since then he has not only gotten married, but he and wife Katey announced they are pregnant.
However, many followers claimed the strange timing of sharing random photos from nearly a year ago is just a way to draw focus away from Josh.
One person commented: "Damage control anyone? Your brother is in court for possession of CSAM and all you can do is talk about your engagement as if nothing is happening?"
Another responded: "Read the room Jed!!!!! Your (sic) supporting your sick in the head brother and a jury is having to listen to the sick things he was watching and your (sic) over here reminiscing about your proposal good lord"
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A third added: "Distracting much? Come on this isn't time or place. You know your sisters have a serious hard time right now right? Your brother in court facing 40 years of jail time! You act here like all is fine nothing going on. You could also support your sisters."
While one person summed up: "I think maybe you should’ve chosen another time to reveal this…. This will not deflect the world on what is going on with your brother & your innocent sisters that he hurt."
ON THE STAND
Jed and sister Jill are still expected to testify in the case, however, it is not clear if it will be for the prosecution or the defense.
Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was charged earlier this year with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
Josh, who has pleaded not guilty, was accused of possessing sick images of CSAM that were "the worst of the worst" that authorities had ever seen.
Josh's trial is expected to last until later this week. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
In September, Jed and Katey revealed she is pregnant with their first child. The news came about four months after their wedding.
Jed, 22, locked lips with his wife when they made the announcement on Instagram.
The Counting On alum jokingly wrote: "She tested positive, but not for Covid."
In the first snapshot, Katey carried a sign that said: "And then there were 3."
The sign mentioned that a "baby duggar" was expected sometime next year during the Spring season.
In the next snapshot, the ex reality star carried his pregnant wife in his arms.
But the couple found themselves instantly under fire for their covid joke.
One follower wrote: "Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive.
"I hate this. It's so tacky and distasteful. People are dying," another penned.
A third shared: "That’s super cringy & insensitive. They’re really showing their immaturity.".
"This is so tasteless and tone deaf," a fan wrote. "Kate's gesture towards the sign adds to the trivialing it. So inappropriate" (sic).
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