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Stephen Collins Admits to Molestation

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 18:  Actor Stephen Collins promotes NBC's "Revolution" at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Disgraced "7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins has finally broken his silence on those shocking sexual abuse claims from October. The 67-year-old opened up in a statement exclusively released through People magazine, in which he confessed to engaging inappropriately with three female minors.

"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."

"On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32 and 40 years ago," the statement continues. "The publication of the recording has 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."

Collins goes on to explain how he "agonized" over the decision to reach out to each of the victims as the years have passed.

"I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later," he writes. "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."

The public was shocked to learn back in October that the actor, best known for his cookie-cutter on-screen persona, was allegedly guilty of molesting several young girls. The disturbing details, kept secret from his fans for years, came pouring out during his bitter divorce battle with Grant.

Though he's remained silent for nearly two months now, Collins plans to sit down with Katie Couric for a Yahoo Global News segment to air this Friday. (It will stream both on Yahoo! and air on Friday's episode of "20/20.")

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