Former ‘Seventh Heaven’ Star Stephen Collins Under Investigation for Child Molestation
New York police officials are investigating reports suggesting actor Stephen Collins has recorded allegedly admitting to molesting young girls.
The former 7th Heaven star has become the target of a probe, and New York Police Department officers have been dispatched to Los Angeles to interview his estranged wife, actress Faye Grant, according to TMZ.com, the website which posted the audio on Tuesday.
A representative for the NYPD reveals an investigation into “inappropriate sexual contact with minors” is ongoing, while a spokesman tells The Hollywood Reporter, “There is a formal complaint on file, and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad.”
Collins, 67, has yet to comment on the story at the time of publication.
The audio was reportedly recorded by Grant during a therapy session in 2012 without the actor’s knowledge.
In the recording, the man whose voice is identified as Collins’ admits to having inappropriate sexual contact with three young girls, one of which is said to be a relative of his first wife, Marjorie Weinman.
Grant and Collins are in the process of getting a divorce.
In response to the ongoing investigation, Collins has already been fired from the Ted sequel.
Collins had a small role in Ted 2, but he has been cut from the film after New York Police Department officers confirmed that an investigation into “inappropriate sexual contact with minors” is ongoing, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Collins’ role in the film was never confirmed, but he hinted at the part in a message on Twitter on Saturday, writing, “I’d tell you but @SethMacFarlane would have to kill me,” after a fan asked him what his role was in the movie.
— Stephen Collins (@StephenCollins) October 4, 2014
Representatives for the sequel have confirmed that Collins has been cut from the film.
Meanwhile, the 67-year-old has resigned from the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, according to TMZ.com.
He has also been removed from the website of the Committee For Stress-Free Schools, where he serves as a co-director.