Shocking evidence came to light today when it was revealed that Stephen Collins, best known for his role as pastor Eric Camden on the family drama 7th Heaven, admitted to molesting three girls ranging in age from 10 to 13. The admission was secretly taped during a therapy session with Collins’ estranged wife, the actress Faye Grant. Audio from the full tape was posted on TMZ earlier this morning and the New York City Police Department has begun a criminal investigation of the matter.
Collins and Grant are currently locked in a prolonged and contentious divorce. Faye secretly taped the therapy session with Collins and a therapist on the advice of a lawyer after Collins had confessed the crimes to her privately. On the recordings, Collins admits to exposing himself and inappropriately touching a young acquaintance over a number of years, starting when the girl was 10. He goes on to admit to indiscretions involving himself and two other girls, one of which happened in the ’90s.
Collins’ acting career stretches back to the 1970s, however his biggest role was as the father figure on the long-running television series 7th Heaven, which taught moral lessons through the travails of the fictional Camden family. He and Grant married in 1985 and have a daughter Kate. They announced their divorce in 2012, one can assume near the time the recordings were made. The incidents are said to have occurred in New York and the NYPD Special Victims Unit have said that one of the victims is a relative of Collins first wife Marjorie Weinman. At this time no arrests have been made.
UPDATE: According to TMZ, Collins has been fired from Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming film Ted 2.
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