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7th Heaven Dad Admits to Sexually Assaulting Three Underaged Girls

December 18, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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7th Heaven star Stephen Collins is Speaking out for the first time about allegations that he sexually abused underage girls.

Collins apologized for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1973 and 1994 in a statement, which will be published in People Magazine this week.

“I deeply regret the mistakes I’ve made and any pain I caused these three women,” Collins wrote. “I admit to, apologize for, and take responsibility for what I did.”

Collins admits to exposing himself on two occasions to his first victim, a “pre-teen” girl, in 1973 when he was 25 years old.

Months later, Collins said, he was watching television alone with the girl, when he moved her hand into his crotch area inappropriately.

“It lasted less than a minute, during which there was no gratification,” Collins said.

For 11 seasons Collins played the minister father on the popular television show “7th Heaven”, admitted that he was in fact the voice heard on an audio tape that was released earlier this year in which he described one of those encounters.

The recording was obtained by TMZ in October, contradicts his statement in People Magazine.

In his statement, Collins said that on two other instances taking place in 1982 and 1994, he exposed himself to two other teen girls.

The actor maintains that both incidents lasted seconds and involved no physical contact.

“I don’t say this to excuse what I did — it was inexcusable — but to clarify what actually happened,” he added.

However in the recording, Collins describes the sexual abuse of one victim lasting over several years.

“There were, I think, yes there were like three incidents over about three years,” Collins said. Earlier in the session, according to the recording, Collins told his then-wife Faye Grant that “she was 11 and then like 12 and 13.”

It is unclear which victim Collins is referring to.

Collins also accuses ex-wife Faye Grant of secretly recording the audio tape of their therapy session in 2012.

The recording was leaked in the middle of their messy divorce proceedings.

Grant denied responsibility for leaking the audio tape to the media.

The actor said that the 1994 incident was a “wake-up” call that made him seek therapy, which he has continued for a 20-year period.

“And since that day in 1994, I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way,” Collins said.

Collins claims that he apologized directly to one of the victims, 15 years after the abuse. But he has not contacted the other two women, one woman being in her 50s and the other in her 30s, out of fear that “being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds.”

“With all my heart, I want them to know how sorry am and that I haven’t engaged in any such behavior for over twenty years,” Collins said.

Collins said he delayed admitting to his abuse until his divorce trial with Grant was finalized,  which was to be scheduled for Nov. 12. But when the  trial date was delayed, he decided to come forward.

“I didn’t feel I could wait any longer to speak up,” Collins said.

Two channels have since canceled plans to air reruns of “7th Heaven,” and his talent agency severed ties after the recording surfaced.

In addition, both the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York Police Department said they were conducting investigations into the allegations after the secret recording emerged.

Collins has conducted an interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric for an interview that will air Friday on ABC’s “20/20.” That interview will also stream on Yahoo.

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