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Stephen Collins confesses to child molestation

The former 7th Heaven star has admitted he had sexual contact with underage girls
Stephen Collins confesses to child molestation

The 67-year-old actor confessed in a statement provided to People magazine, where he says he “did something terribly wrong”.

The allegations first came to light after Stephen’s now ex-wife Faye Grant released a recording of one of their 2012 marriage therapy sessions. In it, Stephen described several incidents of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

After the tape was released, Stephen lost jobs on TV’s Scandal and the upcoming sequel to Ted, and reruns of 7th Heaven were also pulled from air.

In his public confession to People, Stephen writes that he wants “people to know the truth”.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since,” he continued.

According to The Daily Mail, Stephen’s confession details how he touched one girl inappropriately and exposed himself to two more between 1973 and 1994. He also says he has “not had any impulse to act out in any such way” during the last 20 years.

Stephen says he has apologised directly to one of the girls involved, 15 years after the incident, and says she was “extraordinarily gracious”.

“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,” he wrote.

The actor will further discuss his statement with Yahoo‘s Katie Couric for Yahoo News and 20/20 on Friday.

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