Ongoing investigations into the allegation of Stephen Collins being a pedophile have come as a shock to many who know the actor of 7th Heaven and yet, the seriousness of it all has everyone wondering what the truth could be. On his part, Collins has vanished from the scene and isn’t seen in public anymore.
The shocking revelations were a result of a secret tape recording of a marriage therapy session that Collins and his wife underwent in 2012. The tape was recorded by actress Faye Grant, his wife. In the tape, the actor allegedly confesses to several incidents involving molestation of underage girls, even giving out sexual details related to a few of them. One victim is even mentioned as the relative of his first wife. Following these revelations, official investigations began and while these were still underway, another woman approached the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, alleging that the actor exposed himself to her in the 80’s, when she was only 13 years old. Now, the investigation covering this particular allegation is the third related to the case.
In spite of the allegations and subsequent investigations, several friends of Collins’ in the industry have come forward to voice their positive opinion about the actor. Kyle Searles, Collins’ co-star in 7th Heaven said he was not an “overly private person who would lead you to believe he was capable of such things”. Jeanie Hackett on the other hand came out in support of Faye Grant, saying that though she was surprised on hearing about the couple’s divorce, there was no way that Faye could be milking these stories to increase her chances of a higher number in the divorce settlement. “I don’t believe Faye is manipulating any of this for financial gain”, she said. Details of Grant’s divorce files have revealed that the exposure of Collin’s confessions was not directed towards personal gains either. “I am particularly afraid of what may happen if he does not seek treatment, because he may be working or interacting with children in connection with his employment.”, Grant says in a statement attributed to her divorce files.
Though the incidents under investigations are old, prosecutors will still be looking for a case. On the professional side of things, networks are canceling reruns of 7th Heaven and Stephen Collins has already lost his parts in Seth McFarlane’s Ted 2 and the ABC series, Scandal.