In a detailed confession, actor Stephen Collins, known for his role as a minister on the TV show “7th Heaven,” admits to People magazine that he had “inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls,” the publication reports.
“The 67-year-old — who has remained out of the public eye ever since a recording of him confessing to child molestation was released to TMZ — goes into detail about the incidents that occurred over a 20-year time span,” People reports. “In vivid detail, Collins explains how there were three victims from 1973 to 1994, and how ‘I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way’ in the last 20 years.”
We reported last month that the NYPD was aggressively pursuing leads as it investigated molestation allegations against Collins.
In a lengthy statement Collins reportedly provided to People, the actor writes: “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.”
Collins adds: “On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago. 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.”