Actor Stephen Collins Admits to Child Molestation (AUDIO)


Ugh. This is a disgusting story, but it’s big news, so here it is. Actor, Stephen Collins, who played the pastor/dad on the WB series, 7th Heaven, confessed to his estranged wife in a therapy session that he was a child molester. Unbeknownst to him, she tape recorded his entire confession, and TMZ has a copy.

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Warning: Collins goes into detail about how he molested pre-teen girls. If any of that is triggering for you, don’t listen to the recording. It is absolutely awful.

Stephen Collins admits to child molestation.

Via TMZ:

You hear Collins flatly confess to molesting an 11-year-old New York girl — a relative of his first wife — saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl “a couple of times” … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13.

Grant asks, “When you exposed yourself … did you have an erection?” He responds, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.”

Grant then inquires about other girls. Collins mentions an L.A. girl who lived in their neighborhood, but says he tried righting the wrong by apologizing to her years later.

So yeah…Collins goes on and on like that. His estranged wife, Faye Grant, recorded the session on advice from her lawyer. Apparently, in California, it’s legal to secretly record conversations to gather evidence if the other person committed a violent felony. Molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.

According to TMZ, the New York Police Dept. is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children.

Since the story broke late last night, Collins has been fired from the Seth MacFarlane film, Ted 2 in which he had a small role.  He’s also resigned from the board of the Screen Actors Guild, the union that represents film and television actors.

TMZ also has details about the molestation of a girl who was a relative of Collins’ first wife. She’s an adult now, but when she saw him on TV, she recognized him as the man who molested her.  The woman contacted Collins wife anonymously in 2000 to inform her that her husband was a child molester. Nothing happened until 12 years later, when Grant reached out to her after Collins confessed to the molestations.

UPDATE: 7th Heaven reruns have been pulled from the UP Network.

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  1. I won’t listen…..I am sickened by abusers. Further sickened because someone aware of the abuse, did nothing, until it suited her purposes. That’s why we who where abused are afraid to speak up. Not because we aren’t always believed, but because when we are, people who are supposed to protect us do nothing.

  2. “Nothing happened until 12 years later…”

    If that’s not actionable, it ought to be. I think the statutes run from the time a crime is reported…so this could still be prosecuted. But he is over, no matter what.

  3. First, 7th Heaven was one of my favorite tv shows growing up, so watching a man who I always thought was the ideal dad, is just the absolutly worst.

    He is a criminal and I hope he gets the punishement he deserves.

    But, why didn´t the wife come forward before? She has the tapes since 2012 and was warned since 2000. Wasn´t she concern about the kids working with him? She only comes forward now that they are fighting over money?

  4. All of a sudden I remember when Jessica Biel was on 7th Heaven playing his daughter. When she was 17 she did a semi-nude magazine cover. She was topless but covering her breasts. He was outraged and called it child pornography. Jessica admitted she did it deliberately because she wanted off the show and was hoping Aaron Spelling would fire her for doing that. She wasn’t, but her role was greatly reduced. She’s the most famous person to come out of that show and she’s going to be bombarded by the media for comment.

  5. I guess nothing’s really changed. 40 years ago nothing happened when you told an adult – and nothing happens now. People would just rather ignore the terrible truth, and hope it all goes away. I told everyone from the vice-principle at my school to a priest and the child psychologist they sent me to trying to explain why I’d tried to kill myself at age 9. No one helped. I had to wait to grow up to help myself.

    There’s a play called “Short Eyes”. It’s abut what happens to child abusers in prison. I find myself hoping Collins gets to understand the gist of that play intimately.

  6. In some states, failure to report a crime is itself a crime. It can be accessory after the fact if somebody knows a crime has been committed and keeps quiet in order to protect the person who committed it.

  7. Dear God how disgusting. I’m stunned about the wife not doing a thing. I dont even want to think about how many girls he’s done this to since. How obnoxious that she’s saying he refused to get help. She should have called the cops and had his ass thrown his jail.

  8. Out of curiousity because I don’t live in California if “Molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.” then what does molesting a child about the age of 14 count as?

  9. MJ was just pointing out the specifics of this case, where the child was “11, 12, 13.” Sexual abuse of a child of any age is considered a violent felony in California.

  10. I read something earlier today that said the wife did confront him 12 years ago after receiving a letter from the victim’s husband and Collins lied. When he confessed to it years later she (the wife) made contact with the victim. I think it’s a tough position to be in, believe the man you are married to or believe a stranger.

  11. She’s probably coming forward now because their divorce has dragged out for three years and with multiple investigations ongoing for sexual abuse she wants to establish that the liability is all on him in the event lawsuits are filed before their divorce is finalized.

  12. Recording a therapy session???? Grant sounds just as sick as Collins. If you can’t be guaranteed confidentiality in therapy, there’s no reason to seek help. A therapist might be obligated to report evidence of a crime (some clergy view therapy as sanctuary and refuse to divulge anything), but no one should be recorded unknowingly during a therapy session. Collins sounds like a perv and he should be held accountable for his behavior, but that doesn’t make Grant’ s behavior acceptable.

  13. I’m sickened and saddened by all of this.

    I don’t know how truthful this is, but if it is, here’s another twist in this story.

    Donna D’Errico @DonnaDErrico

    That guy from 7th Heaven lives right around the corner from me & just shot himself a few minutes ago…

    That’s all I know. The police have the street cordoned off and aren’t even letting residents in..

  14. She said she did not release the tape, herself. So she actually did not come forward on her own.

  15. Collins doesn’t just “sound like a perv,” he’s an admitted child molester. As pointed out in the story above, his wife had legal grounds to record the therapy session, and I would say potentially bringing a child molester to justice is more important than respecting that child molester’s privacy.

  16. She says she didn’t release the tape but she went into detail about his pedophilia in the court affidavit she filed recently. No way her court filing wasn’t going to become public knowledge. We don’t have a timeline for when the police were provided with the tape but the source of the TMZ leak could only be the wife, her lawyer, or someone in law enforcement who is familiar with the case in New York.

  17. I don’t believe Grant’s motives were sincere. I think she’s just as sleazy as Collins. If she was so concerned about saving victims, she would have reported her husband long ago. This is about her getting as much as she can out of this divorce settlement as possible. In a disgusting way, they are both creeps and they deserve each other.
    And I still say no one should be recording a therapy session. I worked as an administrator in a therapy clinic in college. I had access to some extremely personal info, and the therapists themselves, of course, knew much more. I had to sign a confidentiality agreement just to answer the phones. This wasn’t a law-enforcement sting. I certainly agree that criminals should be reported, but this is not how you go about it. If something like this were to happen in our clinic, no one would ever walk through the door ever again, and that would be tragic for many people who need counseling and therapy.

  18. It isn’t unreasonable for a wife to believe that her husband is innocent. This kind of revelation is hard to absorb about someone you love. If the police had to close the case for lack of evidence and she agreed to use the divorce laws to help them get a confession, then I agree with you.

  19. I kind of think the wife’s motives (and I don’t care to speculate) are irrelevant. He did it. It’s awful. I hope he gets what he deserves.

  20. “I don’t believe Grant’s motives were sincere. I think she’s just as
    sleazy as Collins. If she was so concerned about saving victims, she
    would have reported her husband long ago. This is about her getting as
    much as she can out of this divorce settlement as possible. In a
    disgusting way, they are both creeps and they deserve each other.”

    The timeline of events have been posted elsewhere in this topic. If even a victim coming forward isn’t enough to convict a child molester much of the time without proof, his wife reporting him based on nothing but the word of a stranger wouldn’t have done anything. When she HAD proof that he did do something, she did act.

    You can speculate until you’re blue in the face, but the ONLY source so far on the idea that Grant has been using this as leverage is Collins’ lawyer. And you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t think that’s a reliable source of information.

    “This wasn’t a law-enforcement sting.” It doesn’t matter. And who said anything about “hacking”? The woman was in the therapy session WITH him.

    If you truly believe someone recording a therapy session makes them as sick or sleazy as a child molester, I’m glad to hear that you only worked at a clinic in an administrative capacity.

  21. Well obviously this story is factual. I cannot imagine why he would confess to this if not true. Why did his wife not leave him immediately? I would have been out the door and reporting this to authorities immediately. Maybe she didn’t want to give up her lifestyle. How could she continue to stay with him? I did not listen to tape.

  22. I hope you never need therapy. You are completely clueless as to the importance of trust and confidentiality when it comes to helping people deal with personal issues and mental illness. In this case, the therapist had an obligation to report the crime when he/she heard of it spoken in the office. That didn’t happen, which means the therapist was a hack. A tape should not exist unless it was made by the therapist with all the participants’ permission. There isn’t a single person involved — Collins, Grant, the therapist, or any of the lawyers — who has an ounce of credibility here. Collins is a criminal, no question, but anyone who paints Grant as a hero is nuts.

  23. I think it was 2012 when the police received the tape but no action was taken. TMZ is known to pay its sources so who knows who they got it from.

  24. Disgusting. It just shows that one never knows what’s going on in any of these celeb’s lives.

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