Stephen Collins has broken his silence following the child molestation accusations. In a brand new statement, the ‘7th Heaven’ actor admitted to molesting three underage girls.
So shocking. Stephen Collins, 67, has been under investigation for two months after a recording surfaced of him in a therapy session, talking about engaging in inappropriate sexual content with young women. Now, he admits to the molestation and wants to set the record straight. Read the statement below.
Stephen Collins’ Statement
“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,” Stephen told PEOPLE in a statement.
He revealed that while the three cases took place from 1973 to 1994, he has not “had an impulse to act out in any such way” since.
On Oct. 7, TMZ released those recordings, and Stephen says in the statement that those “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.”
Stephen Collins Reached Out To Victim 15 Years After Assaulting Her
“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later,” he said in the statement. “I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious.But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.”
Stephen will sit down with Katie Couric, for his first interview since the case. It will live stream on Yahoo! and air on 20/20 on Friday, Dec. 19.
— Emily Longeretta