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'7th Heaven' Dad Admits to Molesting Girls

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Picture Perfect/REX USA (354268ar)
Stephen Collins
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's 'Making Magic Happen' Gala, Los Angeles, America - 06 Jun 2007
Photograph by Picture Perfect/REX USA

Actor Stephen Collins, perhaps best known as Rev. Eric Camden on TV series "7th Heaven," has admitted on an audio recording that he molested multiple underage girls, according to TMZ.

The recordings, obtained by the website, were initiated by his estranged wife, Faye Grant, whose lawyer advised her to record the couple's therapy sessions after Collins admitted to molestations, which in California qualifies as a violent felony and, therefore, allows someone to be taped without their consent. The couple is currently going through a divorce.

Collins admits to molesting and exposing himself to girls between the ages of 11 and 14, according to the site. Not only that, but he confesses to a time when he forced his first wife's 11-year-old relative, who filed criminal charges in 2012, to "put her hand on [his] penis."

The New York Police Department is currently investigating the actor.

UPDATE:

The fallout over Collins' investigation continues to mount, as more and more details emerge.

As of October 7, the actor had both resigned from his spot on the Board of the Screen Actors Guild and been dropped from an upcoming role in "Ted 2," according to reports. His highly syndicated show, "7th Heaven," has also been dropped from the line-up of UP TV.

In a statement, UP TV President Charley Humbard said:

"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."

The actor's estranged wife, Faye Grant, has also released a statement, claiming that the tapes—which were first leaked by TMZ—she recorded were leaked to the public without her knowledge.

"I woke up today to learn that an extremely private recording I handed over to the authorities in 2012 per their request in connection with a criminal investigation was recently disseminated to the press," Grant told E Online. "I had no involvement whatsoever with the release of the tape to the media."

In now-leaked court documents, Grant also claimed that Collins has "sociopathic tendencies" which contributed to his behavior.

According to the documents, which were obtained by People magazine, Grant stated: "On January 19, 2012, I learned for the first time that Stephen had been living a secret life. In the presence of his therapist, Stephen admitted that he had engaged in a long-term pattern of sexually abusing minor children, including sexually molesting three young girls over a decade ago." Late on in the statement, she shares that she believes Collins to have "narcissistic personality disorder with sociopathic tendencies."

By midnight last night, Twitter had erupted over news that Collins had shot himself, after several speculative tweets were fired off by his neighbor, actress Donna D'Errico, but this was later proved to be a false alarm.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has confirmed it has launched an investigation into one of the incidents Collins' describes in the tapes, and the LAPD is "revisiting" their own 2012 investigation, for which Collins' was previously cleared in a case with another victim.

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