Stephen Collins is most known as a wholesome father on TV, but now he’s going to be known for a whole different reason. Collins is under investigation for multiple child molestation incidents and he’s reportedly confessed to his actions. As the news of Collins’ molestation confession has spread, Entertainment Weekly reports that he has been fired from the movie Ted 2, which is currently in production. Collins had a small role in the film.
Collins also has resigned from his SAG post on the national board of SAG-AFTRA actor union and reruns of the show 7th Heaven, which he starred on, have been pulled off the air. The CW network’s CEO released this statement:
As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins. 7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. ET today.
He’s also been taken off the website of the Committee For Stress-Free Schools, where he’d been a Co-Director. Read on for the facts and details on the shocking news for 7th Heaven fans. You can listen to the audio recording of Collins’ confession above.
1. Collins Confessed to Molesting Girls 11 to 13 Years Old
Collins allegedly admitted to molesting several girls, one of whom was the niece of a neighbor. Collins confessed to the actions with several 11- to 13-year-old girls in the New York area as well as one from Los Angeles. He also said that he tried to right his wrong with one of his victims later on.
After news of the “confession” broke, Collins was quickly fired from his latest project, Ted 2.
2. His Confession Was Secretly Recorded by His Ex-Wife
TMZ has obtained the audio of Collins confessing to his therapist and estranged wife Faye Grant about several incidents of child molestation.
Grant secretly recorded the confession in 2012 during her painful divorce from Collins. TMZ writes:
We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.
In the recording, Collins refers to a “disclosure” and a “list,” which leads us to believe there are many children he exposed himself to and molested.
The truly sad part is that Collins has a daughter named Kate, born in 1989.
3. One of the Victims Is Reportedly a Relative of Collins’ First Wife
He said he molested one victim when she was 11, then 12, then 13 years old. He admitted:
There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.
This girl was reportedly a relative of Collins’ first wife Marjorie Weinman. TMZ goes into detail about the girl (now a woman):
The woman claims when she was 10 she would sometimes stay with Stephen and his wife at their NYC apartment. She told cops … she would sleep in the guest room and Stephen would come in after showering, wearing only a towel. She claims he would then expose himself and several times put her hand on his penis. She says he would also touch and rub on her. The woman claims she would often thwart Collins’ overtures by pretending to be asleep.
Reportedly, in the 1990’s, the woman was watching TV and saw Collins on the screen. She then told her husband that Collins had molested her. She also reached out to Collins’ now ex-wife Faye Grant, but Grant didn’t respond to her for 12 years. When Grant found out “the truth,” she wrote the woman an email stating:
Stephen lied when confronted 12 years ago. He said he had a hole in his holey jeans, as was the style then, and you ‘must have’ seen his genitalia one time … Stephen is not remorseful, shows no guilt, and his shame is demonstrated as extreme self pity. He wails and cries, ‘I’m in so much paaaaaain!!!’
4. Police Are Investigating the Case
Since the tapes have come to light, the New York Police Department is now carrying on an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple underage girls. TMZ writes:
There is a current, active investigation. The official says there are “at least 3 victims” and the nature of the investigation is “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.” Law enforcement sources tell us … one alleged victim in the investigation is the relative of Collins’ first wife, who we’re told first reported the molestation in 2012. One law enforcement source tells us … although decades have passed since the molestation, they believe the case can still be prosecuted because the statute of limitations runs from the date of reporting.
After the tape leaked, TMZ reported that the LAPD had investigated the allegations against Collins in November 2012 but the case was closed
5. Collins Is Famous for His Role as a Minister and Family Man on the Show 7th Heaven
Collins is most well-known for his role as Eric Camden, the minister and family man on the show 7th Heaven. This was a clean show about family, issues that kids deal with growing up, and life. Collins’ character was seen as a wholesome and good man, surrounded by children. To hear about these child molestation confessions is truly disturbing for fans.
Just weeks ago, Collins had a little reunion with his on-screen Camden family for dinner. And, Collins’ on-screen wife Catherine Hicks, from the show, came out to the media in Collins’ defense saying that he’s a “good guy.”
Collins is also on the family show The Fosters.