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All the Celebrities Mentioned in Netflix’s Ashley Madison Documentary

Netflix’s latest investigative docuseries delves into a scandal that made headlines nearly a decade ago. In Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies and Scandalthe streamer interviews executives, employees and former users of the website Ashley Madison – whose stated goal was to find affair partners for members who are currently married or in a committed relationship.

The website’s motto was clear: “Life is short. Having an affair.” However, after a data breach in July 2015, thousands of users’ personal information was compromised, hackers demanded a ransom and later released more than 60 gigabytes of damning data.

The hack showed that it wasn’t just anyone who wanted to cheat online. Several of the names released were high-profile personalities, including reality stars like Josh DuggarJionni LaValle and Josh Taekman – question their public relationships and personal fidelity.

Here’s a look at some of the notable names mentioned in the three-part series:

Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar poses for a mugshot after being arrested for receiving and possessing child pornography.Getty

Josh Duggar was a public name because of his fame Megafamilywhich were documented in the TLC series 19 kids and counting. He later became a conservative political lobbyist and father of seven children with his wife Anna Duggar.

When the Ashley Madison leak occurred, it was reported that Josh did it had two accounts on the website. Gaffer reported at the time that someone using a credit card belonging to a “Joshua J. Duggar” paid nearly $1,000 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February 2013 to May 2015, and the billing address on the first account was Josh’s grandmother Mary’s house in Fayetteville, Arkansas , matches.

Josh released a statement on his family’s website following the leak, writing that through his involvement on the site he had “once again broken the trust” of “family, close friends and the fans of our show” after previously doing so had admitted Harassment of five young girls – four of whom were his younger sisters – as teenagers.

“I was the biggest hypocrite of all time. In recent years, while standing up for faith and family values, I secretly watched pornography on the Internet and it became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,” he wrote at the time, in a statement that was later edited. “I hid my own personal mistakes. While I’m learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose our actions, but we don’t get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret any hurt I have caused by being such a person.” I humbly ask for your forgiveness at this time.

In May 2022, Josh was found guilty on two counts of possession and receipt of child pornography and sentenced to 151 months in prison.


Jionni LaValle

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi poses with husband Jionni LaValle and their children.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Jionni LaValle gained fame through his marriage to Nicole “Snooki” Polizzifrom Jersey Shore Shame. It was reported that his email address was used to set up an Ashley Madison account, but Polizzi was not quickly refuted the claims on her Of course Nicole Podcast back then.

“I’m lucky if he even knows how to use a computer, and yet he convinces Ashley Madison to cheat on me,” she said candidly. “It’s so stupid and we honestly think that someone is trying to rip us off because this isn’t the first story where Jionni cheated on me. But all these stories never have any evidence. There is never a photo, there is never a text message, there is nothing.

Another reason LaValle wouldn’t face Ashley Madison? According to Polizzi, he is so good-looking that he would never have to go to a website to pay for scams.

“If he wanted to cheat on me, he would go to a club and cheat on me or go out and cheat on me,” she explained. “He wouldn’t trick Ashley Madison into paying money to scam me. So he’s not an ugly guy. He’s beautiful, you know what I mean?”

“He would never do anything to ruin his family and if he didn’t want to be with me he would tell me,” she added. “He’s a genuine guy.”


Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden’s involvement in the Ashley Madison hack was the first of many high-profile lawsuits.Kris Connor/WireImage

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies and Scandal includes a statement from Hunter Biden — President Joe Biden’s second eldest son — denying any involvement with the dating site. Hunter, 54, has previously claimed that someone used his old email address to lure him, pointing out that his email and social media accounts had been compromised in the past.

“I am certain that the account in question is not my account,” he said in a statement in 2015. “This account was clearly set up by someone else without my knowledge and I initially learned about the account in question from the media.”

“My understanding through Press Accounts is that it is very easy to set up an account without someone else’s knowledge because it does not require verification of an email address, and I am sure that was the case in this case,” Hunter added at the time added.


Josh Taekman

Kristen and Josh Taekman pose for a photo at the Playing For Change 2023 Impact Awards.Mireya Acimiento/Getty Images

The Daily Mail reported At the time of the leak, the entrepreneur was Josh Taekman – and husband of The Real Housewives of New York City Star Kristen Taekman – reportedly had an active account since 2011 and may have spent thousands of dollars on multiple transactions over the years.

The couple released a statement to ET at the time, in which Josh admitted to signing up for the site. “I foolishly and ignorantly signed up for the site with a group of friends and I deeply apologize for the embarrassment and pain I have caused my wife and family,” Josh said in the statement.

“We both look forward to getting over this and moving on with our lives,” the couple’s statement concluded.


Sam Rader

Sam Rader and his wife Nia Rader made a video about the Ashley Madison scandal on their YouTube channel.Youtube

Popular Christian YouTuber Sam Rader, One half of Sam and Nia admitted to having an Ashley Madison account after it was reported that he was linked to the site.

In a video posted on her YouTube channel titled “Forgiven,” Sam admitted to having a paid subscription to the site.

“As you may have seen, my name has been associated with an Ashley Madison account,” he said at the time. “I’m here to clear some of this up with you because I owe it to you: I created the account… This is a problem that lies in our past. This was before I got on YouTube. I” I asked God for forgiveness and he forgave me. So I was completely cleansed from this sin.

In the new series, Sam admitted that although he didn’t have an affair through the site, he did seek out extramarital sex through massage parlors and strip clubs. The couple, who now have four children together, initially separated but later reconciled and are still together.

“Given the responsibility Sam took for everything he did, the hours of counseling and conversations he endured, no matter how angry I was about what he had done, I could still see the change, that happened to him,” Nia said of the Netflix series. “Yes, the betrayal was out in the open, but so was the real Sam.”

The duo ended their performance with a joint confessional. “Nia, she decided to give me a second chance. Falling deeply in love is beautiful. But I’ve learned that staying deeply in love takes work,” Sam shared. “There are a lot of things I really regret, but I don’t regret the hack. It had to happen given where we are today.”


Michelle “Bombshell” McGee

Michelle “Bombshell” McGee poses at a celebrity boxing match in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February 2012.Larry Marano/Getty Images

Michelle McGee became a public figure following her alleged affair with West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James in 2010, to whom she was married Sandra Bullock by the time.

In the third episode of Ashley Madison: sex, lies and scandal, She said she unknowingly became the public face of the scam site, claiming her photo was falsely used to drive traffic.

“Something that was really close to my heart was creating a profile on Ashley Madison. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I posted my picture there – it’s from my email address. Not only have these guys seen my profile on Ashley Madison, but they actually think they’re talking to me,” McGee said on the show. “Someone is pretending to be me on this website.”


Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies and Scandal is now streaming on Netflix.

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