‘7th Heaven’ star molestation tape leads police to 2012 allegations

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  • Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014

A shocking audio recording of actor Stephen Collins allegedly admitting he molested underage girls has led to police reviewing allegations made two years ago.

Media reports that actor Stephen Collins has admitted to sexual misconduct with underage girls have prompted a new look at allegations of criminal behaviour made in 2012 against the star of the popular television show 7th Heaven, according to the Los Angeles police on Oct 7.

Collins, 67, who played a well-meaning pastor in the family-friendly TV series, was dropped on Oct 7 from the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy Ted 2, says a source with knowledge of the film production, after the allegations broke. Collins also resigned on the same day from his position on the national board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Cable network UP TV, which hosts reruns of 7th Heaven, also says it’s removing the show from its schedule in light of what it described as “disturbing allegations surrounding Collins.” Collins played a father of seven in the 1996-2007 TV series.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Nuria Vanegas says police were reviewing a 2012 case against Collins, although a crime report was never made at the time. “We are reviewing the investigation to make sure nothing was missed at the time,” says Vanegas, adding the Los Angeles police are working with the New York Police Department. “The case is not reopened, but we are reviewing it again for accuracy.” No further details were available.

Celebrity news outlet TMZ released an audiotape on Oct 7 that it claims reveal Collins admitting during a therapy session that he had exposed himself and molested underage girls.

Collins’ estranged wife, Faye Grant, says in a statement, that she was not involved in the release of the tape: “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.”

Collins’ representatives did not respond to requests for comment. – Reuters

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