In the midst of the child molestation allegations against Stephen Collins, his ‘7th Heaven’ co-stars, including his former TV wife, are standing by the actor’s side.
Stephen Collins, 67, allegedly admitted to sexually molesting underage girls in a tape released on Oct. 7, but now his former television co-stars Catherine Hicks and Kyle Searles have publicly come to the actor’s defense. They both praised the actor today, calling him a “good guy” and a “likable, genuine” person.
‘7th Heaven’ Cast On Stephen Collins’ Alleged Molestation: Co-Stars Defend Actor
Stephen’s most famous for his role as the picture-perfect minister on TV show 7th Heaven, and now his TV wife Catherine Hicks and another former co-star have spoken up about the allegations against the actor.
TMZ cameras caught up with Catherine while she was walking in a parking garage She said this about Stephen:
“I feel … I have really nothing to say, nothing to say. I have nothing to hide. Stephen’s a good guy in my opinion.” When asked if she had any inclination that these allegations would come out, she said, “No, gosh, no. I have no idea, I swear. Thank you.”
Kyle Searles, who played Mac on 7th Heaven show from 2004-2007, called into TMZ Live to talk about Stephen.
“That wasn’t who I remembered at all. Not in the least bit. I don’t really know everything that’s going on right now, obviously, all I can do is tell you about who he was whenever I worked with him,” Kyle explained.
“I never once had any type of encounter where he was maybe a little inappropriate. No one in the cast had ever come to me, nor was it ever an issue.” Kyle also said, “Stephen was somebody that I looked up to” and “Stephen was by far the most likable, influential, genuine person that I ever had the pleasure of working with.”
He also explained that Stephen “was definitely a father figure to everyone on set.”
Will Stephen Collins Serve Jail Time For Alleged Child Molestation?
Attorney James E. Silverstein explained the legal ramifications of Stephen’s alleged actions EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com. “Stephen Collins is in hot water,” James tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Child molestation crimes carry lifelong penal implications, including potential state prison sentences, which under some circumstances can carry life sentences, and mandatory lifetime enlistment as a sexual predator under Penal Code Section 290.” Read his full thoughts on the allegations right here.
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— Megan Ross