Stephen Collins On Molesting Underage Girls: ‘I Did Something Terribly Wrong’

Two months after a recording of 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins detailing his molestation of three young girls, the actor has confirmed the unfortunate events. In a statement to People, Collins admitted to three incidents, taking place between 20 and 40 years ago. Calling it “terribly wrong,” he also discussed his attempt to atone for it.

Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. I’ve decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.

On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago. The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.

Collins also discussed reaching out to one of his victims, 15 years after the incident. The actor is also scheduled to sit down with Katie Couric, which is scheduled to air this Friday (Dec. 19) on ABC. Read his full statement here.