On October 7th, TMZ released an audio tape that was reported to be former “7th Heaven” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Stephen Collins admitting to having molested and exposed himself to several under age girls many years ago. On the tape Collins is heard specifically confessing to molesting an 11 year old girl. Saying that “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.”
On the same tape, Collins went into more detail about other girls that he claimed to expose himself to, including a girl in L.A. and another in New York City, the same place where the alleged molestation took place.
All of this is coming from an audio taped discussion between Collins and his soon to be ex-wife, actress Faye Grant from a 2012 therapy session. TMZ’s release of the information is the first time that the information has been revealed to anyone outside of that room, and due to the revelations the NYPD’s special victims unit has begun an investigation into Collins and his potential victims.
In the hours and days that followed, seemingly everyone that was assosciated with Collins in any way, shape, and form began the process of distancing themselves from the actor. UP TV which aired “7th Heaven” every night at 5 PM ET, pulled the show from its lineup. UP TV president Charley Humbard said in a statement “As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins. 7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 PM ET today. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers. Replacing 7th Heaven tonight will be Supernanny, a series dedicated to bringing families together.”
At the very same time, the Screen Actors Guild told entertainment news site Deadline that the actor had resigned from his seat on the board of the guild.
Collins has also been fired from his role in Seth Macfarlane’s upcoming sequel in the “Ted” series, “Ted 2” where Collins had a small role.
The following day, representatives from the hit ABC program “Scandal” announced that Collins had been fired from his semi-regular role on the show, and that any scenes not yet aired, involving Collins will be edited out of future broadcasts.
Through all of this, Collins has maintained silence, not allowing any interviews or questions as the NYPD continues its investigation into the matter. In a statement, the NYPD announced that “There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad.”