UPDATE: Josh has issued a lame apology as if spending all that money on the site was just a lark. “I signed up for the site foolishly and ignorantly with a group of friends and I deeply apologize for any embarrassment or pain I have brought to my wife and family. We both look forward to moving past this and getting on with our lives.”
Ut Oh! The Daily Mail is reporting that Josh Taekman was uncovered as an active paying member of cheating website Ashley Madison. The site that encourages married people to hook up and have affairs was hacked recently and over 30 million potential cheaters using the site were outed on public searchable databases published online.
The energy supplement entrepreneur who has two children with his model wife of ten years, Kristen, 38, logged on and had 62 paid transactions, and spent thousands on the cheaters’ site.
Ashley Madison is accessible for free but users must buy credits to send messages: $49 gets 100 credits while $250 earns 1,000 credits and a money-back ‘affair guarantee’ if you don’t have an affair within three months.
The address shown in the leaked credit card records is the address in Tribeca, New York, of the two bedroom rental where the couple live and where scenes in the show were filmed.
Today he told Daily Mail Online Mr that he denied any knowledge of the account.
He said: ‘I don’t understand. There’s not a shot in hell that I’m a subscriber. I have no knowledge of that this is the first I’ve ever heard of it. ‘This is crazy. I saw it on the TV the other day about the security breach and we were laughing about it. It is what it is but somebody is definitely fraudulently using my name and number.’
The date of the charges appear to have begun over three years ago when Kristen was pregnant with their second child. The account activity, with instances of multiple transactions in a single day, stopped completely in June 2014 when the RHONY season they were on began airing. Go figure.
This didn’t really shock me as Josh and Kristen’s marriage was given a lot of scrutiny ever since they first appeared on RHONY. Kristen was bombarded with tweets from meddling assholes telling her she needed to divorce her husband based on what they saw on the show almost immediately.
What SHOCKED me was another person mentioned in the same Daily Mail article:
Another high profile ‘victim’ is Jeff Ashton, State Attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida who has said he is resigning his post in the wake of his exposure.
The prosecutor gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony. He has claimed that he did not follow through with an affair despite registering to the infidelity site.
Those of you who were with me for the coverage of the Casey Anthony trial know that Jeff Ashton was pretty much our hero throughout that entire ordeal. I hate that this has been uncovered and he has had to resign from his job. This one was a SHOCKER.
So do you think Kristen and Josh will be the next housewives couple to divorce? Do you believe Josh’s “it wasn’t me!” defense? I don’t the timing is too perfect to be coincidental. What should Kristen do now?