Stephen Collins Responds To Child Sexual Molestation Claims, Blames Wife For Trying To Extort Millions In Divorce
Stephen Collins has finally addressed the claims that he admitted to child sexual molestation offences, with his lawyer speaking out on behalf of the 7th Heaven actor to blame his wife, Faye Grant, for releasing the audio tapes in an attempt to extort millions of dollars out of him in their lengthy divorce battle.
Shocking clips which were reportedly recorded secretly by Grant in 2012 during a therapy session and released this week by TMZ, are alleged to feature Collins, 67, confessing to committing several counts of sexual crimes against three young children decades ago, prompting an official police investigation in New York. Now reacting to the scandal, Collins’ lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan, has released a statement on behalf of the actor, blaming Grant for trying to use the audio clips in their bitter divorce.
“Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled,” Kaplan said in the statement released to TMZ. “When these demands were rebuffed, Faye attempted – without success – to peddle the tape in numerous ways to numerous different people. It appears that she has finally found an audience for this tape – not surprisingly, on the eve of the trial in the divorce case where, again, she is seeking millions of dollars more than that to which she is legally entitled.”
In regards to Collins’ alleged confession, Kaplan says he is unable to address it directly for legal reasons, adding: “Though we would like to address the tape itself, the circumstances dictate that we must regrettably refrain from doing so at this time.” A source has reportedly told the website that the incidents mentioned on the tape took place between 20 and 40 years ago.
Following the revelation, Collins has been dropped from his upcoming role in Ted 2, which is being directed by Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg, despite not being formally charged but Entertainment Weekly reports that the NYPD investigation is what prompted the studio to make the decision. Collins has also resigned from his post on the National Board of Screen Actors Guild.