The Ashley Madison scandal is expanding as public figures begin to come forward to admit their use of the service that encourages its users to have affairs. The confessions come less than a week after a hacker group called “Impact Team” released the entire database of users, including names, user names, email addresses, and billing/home addresses.
The hacked list of users was released 30 days after Impact Team offered an ultimatum to Avid Life Media, the creators of the Ashley Madison Website. The ultimatum was to close down Ashley Madison within a month or the information that was hacked would go public. Avid Life Media didn’t close down Ashley Madison and the hackers released the information.
Here’s a list of known figures, to date, who have admitted to being members of Ashley Madison after their names appeared on the hacked lists:
Josh Duggar (Reality TV Star)
Reality TV star Josh Duggar was the first to come out and admit that he had been unfaithful to his wife after his name was linked with the Ashley Madison hack. He called himself a “hypocrite” and said, “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
Jeff Ashton (Florida State Attorney)
The man known for prosecuting Casey Anthony, Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton called a press conference to admit that he had an account on Ashley Madison. Ashton called his signing up for the service, “an unbelievable act of stupidity.” Ashton says he didn’t break any laws by signing up for the service and never met with anyone. He says he originally signed up out of curiosity. Ashton also said, “I ask for the public’s forgiveness for my shortcomings, but those choices have had absolutely no impact on the performance of my official duties. I regret that I have given ammunition to those who seek to discredit the work our office does. I am proud of the work and what we have accomplished thus far. But today, I’m not very proud of myself.”
Sam Rader (Christian vlogger)
Sam Rader is a well known Christian vlogger best known for surprising his wife by telling her she was pregnant in a YouTube video that went viral. His newest video is a public apology. Here are both videos:
Man Surprises Wife with Pregnancy Announcement:
Sam Rader Statement on Ashley Madison Revelation
In a statement accompanying the video, Rader calls himself a sinner and says, “Over 2 years ago I did create the Ashley Madison account. To be clear this was only an account I used to navigate the site in my sinful curiosity and any messages or data pulled from that account would be evidence of that. I absolutely did not meet up or see another woman from the site.”
Jason Dore (Executive Director, Louisiana GOP)
When it comes to having the most unique excuse for having an Ashley Madison account, the Executive Director of the Louisiana GOP, Jason Dore, wins the prize. Dore confirmed that he had an account on Ashley Madison, but was using it for his law firm to do “opposition research.” He told the Website NOLA.com, “As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports. Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time.”
Ryan Heck (Baton Rouge Councilman)
Another person to admit that he signed up for an Ashley Madison Website is Baton Rouge Councilman Ryan Heck. Heck isn’t saying a lot about his account, other than he created it just as a “joke” from five years back and that he never used the service and never gave the service his credit card number.
In the coming weeks a lot more public figures are expected to address their names, emails, and addresses being linked to the service. Online Dating Magazine will keep you posted. Sign up for updates in the footer section further down the page.
Many public figures have been caught up in the Ashley Madison scandal. Here is our list of people involved to date and what they said about having accounts on the service that promotes affairs…