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‘7th Heaven’ actor Stephen Collins admits ‘I did something terribly wrong’

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Stephen Collins (March 2000 -CNN)

Stephen Collins (March 2000 -CNN)

(CNN) — “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.

The actor released a statement to the publication in light of child molestation accusations that arose in the midst of his divorce proceedings.

Collins was the subject of reports in October after his wife, Faye Grant, said he admitted to her he molested three underage girls. TMZ posted an audio recording that was alleged to have been made during a November 2012 therapy session involving Collins and his wife during which he made incriminating statements.

The incidents reportedly happened between 1973 and 1994.

In the statement he released to People, Collins said “I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the past 20 years.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” he says in the statement. “I have been working to atone for it ever since. I’ve decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.”

Collins was known for his clean-cut image in Hollywood and played a pastor and beloved father on the hit show “7th Heaven.” He’s avoided the limelight since the accusations were made public.

Now Collins is speaking out.

“On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago,” Collins says in his statement. “The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”

Collins said he has struggled over whether to apologize directly to the women who were involved.

“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later,” he says. “I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious. But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.”

In addition to the lengthy statement that People will publish in its issue Friday, the 67-year-old actor is scheduled for an interview with Yahoo Global news anchor Katie Couric that will be streamed on that site and aired on ABC’s “20/20.”

Collins and Grant are still in the midst of their divorce proceedings.

1 Comment

  • Jack Johnson

    I do not know why that again the Stephen Collins story is coming out again and coinicidently that the Cosby story is out. Cosby is correct. The white media is like wanting to pile up against Cosby. The Stephen Collins story was out a month prior to the Cosby lies against him. Stephen Collins has audio tapes that proves he is a child molestor and only came out because of solid evidence that his ex-wife used against him for getting money out of him when he said NO!

    So the media is like telling Cosby that if Stephen Collins is brave to come out, why don’t you? Well media journalist (white media); Stephen Collins is guilty with evidence to prove that. But also he was extorted by his now ex-wife who would bring them out if he did not hand over cash in which he did not.

    Bill Cosby though is not a molester of children nor women. He loves his sex like Bill Clinton and Errol Flynn. But Bill Cosby did not drug nor rape this money grubbing, hoes. The more these gold-diggers talk, talk and talk. The more and easier Bill Cosby proof of vindication is appearing right now.

    Check out all these stories and then as now most women are asking. “If she was drugged how can she remember everything so clearly and all this happen 20 years and more with all these women”?

    Simple these are called—LIES. When a person is worth $400 million dollar such as Bill Cosby is; and when trying to help some of these women who he stayed in touch with wanted more and or he was not going to help them anymore that threaten him with going to public and slander his name and reputation to destroy him. Hurt him they did and I do hope they feel proud of themselves for this man’s vindication is happening now and these hoes lies are being exposed more and more as they speak.

    Did Bill Cosby had sex with most to all these women— YES!!

    Did Bill Cosby raped all these women —- NO!!

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