April Price: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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An alleged sexual assault victim of 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins has spoken out for the first time, describing the alleged molestation to the Daily Mail. Collins was caught on tape by his ex-wife admitting to molesting three underage girls decades ago. April Price says she is one of those victims.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Price Says the Molestation Occurred in 1983

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Price told the Daily Mail that the abuse happened in 1983, while she was 13 and staying with her aunt on a summer vacation in Los Angeles. Price’s aunt was an executive producer in Hollywood and she lived in the same community as Collins.

The actor, famous for his role as the patriarchal reverend on the TV drama 7th Heaven, was 35 at the time and starring in the ABC show Tales of the Golden Monkey. Price told the Daily Mail she was a fan of Collins and the show, so she went to his house to get his autograph after seeing him around the neighborhood. He told her that he would get her an autographed photograph.


2.Price Claims Collins Exposed Himself to Her Two More Times

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After Price’s first seemingly normal encounter with Collins, she said things got strange. One day she claims Collins walked by a window of her aunt’s house while completely naked. Then she ran into Collins, who asked her to help him set-up his Atari video game machine.

I don’t know at what point he did it, but when he turned around, his pants were completely unfastened. His penis was hanging out and I’m just shocked. He doesn’t make any mention of it. He doesn’t act any differently.

Later in the summer Price said Collins invited her back to his apartment to look at photographs and souvenirs he collected during his career. He asked her if she minded if he “got comfortable,” and she said she didn’t know what to do:

He goes back into his bedroom and he comes back out into the living room and he is completely naked. Totally naked. And my heart fell. This was terrifying. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. What am I going to do? It was really sad because at 13, we’re taught to be respectful. We’re taught to be honest and kind. I don’t want to appear rude. I don’t want to say, ‘Oh my god, get your clothes on.’

Price said she saw Collins about 10 years later while she was working at a craft services table during a commercial shot. She said Collins apologized to her and she accepted it. She told the Daily Mail she kept reminding herself to be professional:

I was conflicted but being on the set and having this blow up, I wasn’t sure what to do.


3. The Molestation Allegations Were First Made Public Last Year During His Divorce

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TMZ obtained an audio recording of Collins confessing to molesting three girls between the ages of 11 and 13. His ex-wife, Faye Grant, recorded a conversation she had with Collins and a therapist while they were going through a heated divorce in 2012. Collins had previously admitted the abuse to Grant.

Collins talked on the tape about a girl who lived near him in Los Angeles, which Grant says is her, and said he tried righting the wrong by apologizing to her years later, according to TMZ.


4. Collins Spoke About the Sexual Abuse Allegations to Katie Couric


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Collins spoke exclusively to Yahoo’s Katie Couric in December, tearfully telling her that he is not a pedophile. Collins told Couric:

A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I’m just not.


5. Police Investigations Have Been Hindered By Statutes of Limitations

Price said she has been interviewed by the Los Angeles and New York police departments, which are both investigating the allegations. But the statutes of limitations for charges have likely run out. Price said she did consider a civil lawsuit, but decided against it:

It’s sad because we’re taught to be embarrassed but we shouldn’t be embarrassed, I didn’t ask for this to happen to me. So it’s not me airing dirty laundry. It’s not my dirty laundry.

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