New Delhi: Best known as a pastor in `7th Heaven`, actor Stephen Collins has allegedly confessed to his estranged wife Faye Grant that he was a child molester, in a secretly recorded conversation, reportedly.
The 67-year-old actor, who is currently in the middle of a prolonged divorce, revealed to her in 2012 that he had molested several underage girls, and the New York Police Department is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children.
In the tape recording, Collins discussed about exposing himself to the three girls in three separate incidents, when they were aged between 11 and 13 respectively.
New York Police Department spokesman, Stephen David said the complaint was filed in 2012 accusing Collins of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to commit a lewd act in the actor's Manhattan apartment in 1972. David added that the case remains open and is being handled by Special Victims Division detectives, but no charges have been filed.
Prosecutors will make a determination about whether any charges should be pursued. Two cable television networks saidon Tuesday they would not broadcast scheduled re-runs of the veteran TV actor's beloved family series `7th Heaven`. The networks, UP TV and TV Guide, announced the cancellations after details of molestation allegations against Collins were reported by celebrity website
Collins' lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, and talent agent, Mark Teitelbaum, did not return messages seeking comment.
Following this, `Ted 2` has dropped Collins from the cast while he has resigned from his position at the acting guild SAG-AFTRA. Collins was not named on the union’s online list of board members.
His estranged wife, Faye Grant, wrote in a court declaration in Los Angeles last year that her husband had disclosed about molesting least three young girls.
Grant wrote in November 2012 declaration, mentioning in the couple's divorce case that she reported abuse to Los Angeles police, who said they are not actively investigating the actor, but could not offer details on any previous investigations.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said it did not have records of a case being presented to prosecutors. "Stephen admitted that he has engaged in a long-term pattern of sexually abusing minor children, including sexually molesting three young girls over a decade ago," Grant wrote in the sworn declaration, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in November.
In March, Kaplan declined to discuss specifics about the claims, saying his response was included in court filings that described the accusations as an effort to obtain a more favorable settlement of the couple's divorce. The filings do not include a denial of the molestation allegations, but attack Grant's use of them as "an attempt to extort concessions in settlement" from Collins.
The report to New York police was made six months after Collins filed to divorce Grant. Grant and Collins separated in February 2012, roughly two weeks after the actor said she learned of her husband's abuse in therapy sessions, according to her declaration. Collins filed for divorce three months after the separation.
Grant stated that her husband has said two of the girls he molested were abused when they were between the ages of 10 and 14 years old. She said she had no indications that he was abusing girls until he disclosed it in therapy, and that she reported his disclosures to police in New York and Los Angeles.
Collins has worked steadily in television and movie roles since the early 1970s, with appearances in movies such as 'All the President's Men', 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', and recurring roles on series such as 'No Ordinary Family', 'Revolution and Devious Maids' after '7th Heaven' concluded its 11-season run in 2007.
CBS Television Distribution, which owns and distributes re-runs of '7th Heaven', declined to comment on the cancellations by the two channels airing it domestically.
(With AP inputs)