“I Want People To Know The Truth:” Stephen Collins Confesses To Molesting Three Female Minors
Though the media has largely moved on from the scandal involving “7th Heaven” TV dad Stephen Collins to focus on the drama involving another one of America’s favorite fathers, Bill Cosby, the actor whose wife released audio of him confessing to child molestation certainly hasn’t forgotten the damage that’s been done to his reputation or that he’s done to his victims. In a statement released exclusively to People, Collins owned up to the actions described in the recording released this past October, stating:
“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,” Collins 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, who describes inappropriate sexual relationships with three underage girls between 1973 and 1994 in vivid detail, also made a point to say “I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last 20 years. However, he has struggled with a lot of guilt over what he did in his past as well as the decision of whether or not to reach out to his victims.
“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious,” Collins added in his statement. “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.”
People will publish Collins’ full statement in the latest issue of their print magazine which hits newsstands Friday, but what do you think about what you’ve read so far?