‘7th Heaven’ star Stephen Collins ‘deeply regrets’ sexual abuse of underage girls

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Stephen Collins speaks on the red carpet on March 19, 2000. (CNN)

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Former ‘7th Heaven’ star Stephen Collins wrote a lengthy statement to People magazine about his inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls.

Collins, 67, admitted during the interview to the inappropriate contact, saying it was with three female minors.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” he said. “I have been working to atone for it ever since.”

Collins eventually admitted what he had done during what he thought was a private therapy session.

“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,” he said. “This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.”

Collins said he has apologized to one of the women, but not the others, saying he did not want to open old wounds for them.

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