Stephen Collins’ estranged wife was not involved in the release of his alleged child molestation confession, she said in a statement to E! News. The former “7th Heaven” star reportedly said he molested young girls on a tape that was made public Tuesday.
“I woke up today to learn that an extremely private recording I handed over to the authorities in 2012 per their request in connection with a criminal investigation was recently disseminated to the press. I had no involvement whatsoever with the release of the tape to the media,” Grant told E! News.
In 2014 divorce documents obtained by TMZ, she said she is “sickened by Stephen’s actions. I have urged Stephen multiple times to seek treatment for pedophilia, but he has refused to seek proper help or hospitalization for the predilection toward children.”
Grant reportedly added Collins, 67, has a “long term pattern of sexually molesting children" and "admitted that he had sexually molested 3 underage girls over a decade ago: At least two of these girls were molested over the course of several years."
Grant reportedly did not know about “Stephen's secret life prior to January 2012." The New York Police Department is currently investigating the star. The tape can be used as evidence in a case against Collins since it pertains to a violent felony.
The actor is best known for playing the Rev. Eric Camden on the WB show “7th Heaven.” The actor developed an image as a wholesome figure after the series ran from 1996 to 2007. Since the show, he has also starred on programs like “Revolution” and “Devious Maids.”
Since the apparent sex abuse revelations, he has been fired from the sequel to the Seth McFarland comedy "Ted," Entertainment Weekly reported. He also resigned from the SAG-AFTRA board Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter said.