Josh Duggar’s Trial: Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth Allegedly Leave Courtroom Quickly Without Speaking to Other Duggars

Josh Duggar’s trial continued on Dec. 2, 2021. In April 2021, federal agents arrested Josh on suspicion of downloading and obtaining child sexual abuse material. Josh pleaded not guilty to the crimes, and his trial began at the end of November 2021. So far, it seems quite a few Duggar family members are attending, including Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar. A reporter also spotted Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, at the trial — though they reportedly left the courtroom quickly without speaking to the others in the Duggar family when it came time for a break.

Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, attended Josh Duggar’s trial on Dec. 2, 2021

Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar sitting on a couch to discuss Josh Duggar. Josh Duggar's trial continues on Dec. 3, 2021.
Paula Faris sits down exclusively with several of the Duggar children from their Arkansas home | Ida Mae Astute/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

All eyes remain on the Duggar family when it comes to Josh Duggar’s trial. A number of Duggars may speak during the trial as well. The first of Josh’s family to speak in court was Jim Bob Duggar. On Monday, Nov. 29. 2021, Jim Bob testified after the prosecution called him as a witness. Josh’s father was asked multiple questions about the 2015 molestation scandal, and Jim Bob noted he couldn’t remember all of the details. He also stated they tried to deal with the incident as a family before the media caught wind of what occurred.

Now, on Dec. 2, 2021, more Duggar family members reportedly filed into the courtroom for the trial. Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, was in attendance, according to The Sun. Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar, was also there. Surprisingly, Justin Duggar and his wife, Claire Spivey, also attended on Dec. 2. And Joy-Anna Duggar as well as her husband, Austin Forsyth, were there.

Jill Duggar and Jed Duggar may be called upon as witnesses in the case as well. Their names were added to the potential witness list.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth allegedly left the courtroom in a hurry

It doesn’t seem like Joy-Anna Duggar will speak in Josh Duggar’s trial at all — but she may be distressed by everything happening to her family. According to a reporter from The Sun attending the trial, Joy-Anna entered the courtroom wearing a long-sleeved black dress with Austin Forsyth by her side. A reporter for the publication noted the couple looked deeply uncomfortable.

“They look really pained,” the reporter noted.

Additionally, the report states Joy-Anna and Austin quickly moved out of the courtroom once the court broke for lunch. The couple also reportedly didn’t stop to speak to any of the other Duggars at the trial on their way out. Once the hearing ended, Austin reportedly spoke with Derick Dillard and Justin Duggar. Additionally, Joy-Anna was seen hugging Justin and his mother-in-law, Hillary Spivey, around 1 p.m. at the courthouse.

Josh Duggar trial news: The latest happenings from Dec. 2, 2021

The Sun reporter captured the day’s events. Matthew Waller, an employee of Josh Duggar at Wholesale Motorcars, testified on Dec. 2, 2021. The prosecution later called Jeffrey Wofford to talk about Covenant Eyes, the accountability software downloaded on Josh’s computer. Wofford testified about Covenant Eyes, the program which should’ve alerted Anna Duggar to any suspicious behavior on Josh’s part as long as a partition wasn’t downloaded to the computer.

Special Agent Jeffrey Pryor from Homeland Security was also reportedly called to speak, as was Marshall Kennedy, a forensic computer evidence expert who worked with Homeland Security. Finally, James Fottrell, the Director of the Department of Justice for Child Exploitation, testified.

It’s unclear whether the Duggar family members seen in court on Dec. 2, including Joy-Anna Duggar, will make further appearances in court.

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