Actor Stephen Collins Admits to Inappropriate Contact with Underage Girls

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“7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate contact with three underage girls decades ago.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” Collins told People magazine in a statement. “I have been working to atone for it ever since. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”

The molestation allegations against the actor surfaced in October when TMZ published an audio recording of Collins talking about inappropriate contact with three underage girls between 1973 and 1994. The fallout was swift for the actor known for playing the wholesome minister and patriarch of “7th Heaven.”

Collins was quickly fired from a role in the comedy “Ted 2,” and he lost a guest shot on ABC’s “Scandal.” Reruns of “7th Heaven” were also pulled from Up TV’s lineup.

The Los Angeles Police Department had previously investigated an incident involving Collins in 2012 but closed it soon afterward. In October, the LAPD again said it would investigated but legal experts said it was unlikely Collins would be prosecuted for the decades-old encounters, which according to published reports allegedly involved several incidents of the actor exposing himself to teenage girls.

“On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32 and 40 years ago,” Collins said in the statement. “The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred.”

“I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last 20 years, he explained.

Collins added that he apologized to one of the women 15 years ago, and that she was “extraordinarily gracious,” but that he has not approached the other two after being told he could make the situation worse.

Collins is set for a confessional sit-down with Katie Couric on Friday that will stream on Yahoo and air on ABC’s “20/20.”

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  1. PETER says:

    Collins is no where near as bad as Bill Cosby!

  2. Tonya J says:

    Two days ago in the Daily Mail, the 10-year-old molestation survivor, now in her 50s, disputes Collins’ assertion he was not gratified in any way, and is rankled by the fact he did not want to “open wounds” by apologizing to her and one of the other survivors: “She said: ‘Stephen is minimizing the incident. It was not just a spontaneous touching … that aggression resulted in him ejaculating.’

    She also slammed his decision not to apologize to her and another girl he targeted, adding: ‘His assertion that he wanted to avoid reopening an old wound seems nonsensical to me.’

    The woman refuses to believe there were just three victims…”

    I saw a news show a couple of days ago that analyzed portions of the Couric interview and at least two of the people watching thought Collins was “acting”. I do think he is minimizing his actions and as with Bill Cosby, we are going to, most likely, see more women come forward. Even if the statute of limitations has run, any victim of sexual abuse deserves closure/an apology to be able to start to expunge their horrible memories. It’s an extremely sad and disturbing situation all-round.

  3. keefchief says:

    Criming while White

  4. Bare Behind says:

    I hope he has “revealed” the better looking side of himself, for Girl’s sake.

  5. Lisa says:

    It’s the intent that he had, to those who think he was just walking along the street revealing himself innocently. It was a sexual act towards a child and therefore a crime.
    I think it took some courage to admit his crime instead dragging the poor girls through the mud and re-victimizing them for his own cowardice and selfish needs by calling them liars and blackmailers. Cosby and Singer should learn to face up to their crimes instead of hiding. And yes, he will go to jail but in the end he may redeem himself on judgment day.

  6. PETER says:

    So Steven Collins revealed himself. Big deal. The little girls see more on their TV, their Internet, in the movies. On the Sistine Chapel ceiling for Christ sakes! Who gives a shit!

  7. Will Crosby says:

    Bill Cosby stories are 24/7. Stephen Collins admits to everything. No scrutiny. No media outbursts. All quitesville. Interesting.

    • cyberiasha says:

      Exactly, the question is would the reaction have been the same if there had been more transparency from either Cosby or his reps. The current set up is simply distressing to hear and is not doing him any real favors unfortunately.

  8. PETER says:

    All I’ve heard so far is that he “revealed” himself to the girls. Is that “molesting” them? This is no where near what Bill Cosby is accused of.

  9. Charlene G says:

    Let a deeper healing begin for him and all who have been affected. It is easy to demonize someone and harder to seek to understand. While someone has to be accountable it says a lot that he is coming forward even if it was from it coming out to the public.

    • Aish says:

      His so called deeper healing should be in prison not in his own home. He sexually molested his victims
      for a period of decades and did not get justice, people like him are revolting. He is a pedophile. What is hard understand about that? He didn’t stop after the first victim nor the second, he carried on to a third victim and possibly more. Where is the healing for his victims? Trust me do not give him any sympathy, give it to the victims in this.

      • GKN says:

        Aish, teenage girls can see a pecker in any art museum. I’m condoning it of course but it’s not the quite the same as rape or even other steps in-between. I’ll bet you 9 to 1 all 3 ‘healed’ long ago.

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