“Seventh Heaven” actor Stephen Collins confesses to child molestation

“Seventh Heaven” actor Stephen Collins has launched a confession tour, revealing to People magazine “inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors” that occurred from 1973 to 1994. He also has a television appearance planned to further expand on the incidents.

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The confession follows the release of a secretly recorded therapy session by his estranged wife Faye Grant. Naturally, TMZ posted it.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” said Collins, who portrayed a pastor on “Seventh Heaven.” “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.”

Collins’ full statement will be printed in Friday’s issue of People and he’ll also “sit down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric for an in-depth interview based on his PEOPLE essay (this will stream on Yahoo! and air Friday on 20/20 on ABC),” the magazine reported.