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Stephen Collins, '7th Heaven' Dad, Confesses to Sexual Misconduct

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 09:45 AM

Stephen Collins has admitted to sexual misconduct with three underage girls on five separate occasions prior to 1994 in a statement released to People magazine on Wednesday.

The "7th Heaven" actor also acknowledged that the audio tape obtained by TMZ in October, purported to be him confessing as much, was in fact genuine.

"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. 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."

The first incident occurred in 1973, when he was 25. Collins, now 67, explained that he exposed himself to a pre-teen girl twice, and had an inappropriate encounter with her in his home.

"When the girl and I were watching TV alone, I moved her hand in such a way that caused her to touch me inappropriately,'' Collins wrote. "It was a completely impulsive act, and it's haunted me ever since to think of what I put her through."

After that, he said he exposed himself to teenage girls in 1982 and 1994 — when he was in his 30s and 40s, respectively.

"On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago," Collins continued. "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 will sit down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric for an interview on Friday, and further discuss the allegations against him.

Of the victims — the identities of which have been speculated over but not confirmed — Collins said he has "agonized" over whether to contact them.

"I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious," said Collins. "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 the wake of his leaked audio tape confession, Collins has seen major career fallout.

He was cut from his upcoming role in "Scandal," as well as his role in the upcoming sequel to the "Ted" film. Collins' representative at the Agency for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills has dropped him, and both the UP TV and TV Guide networks have temporarily suspended playing syndicated episodes of "7th Heaven." He has also resigned from the board of the Screen Actors Guild.

Collins said nothing inappropriate ever happened on the set of "7th Heaven" involving him.

Faye Grant is seeking a divorce from Collins, and maintains that she made the audio recording and gave it to police. She denies leaking it to the press.

 



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