Stephen Collins has admitted that the sexual abuse accusations made against him are true, and is now speaking out about his crimes.
In a year that has included over 20 accusations of sexual harassment against Bill Cosby (to which he has remained mostly silent), and the surfacing of Mama June’s child-molesting ex in the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo drama, Collins’ comments of admission come as somewhat of a surprise.
Early this fall, Collins had an audio recording leaked by TMZ onto the internet from a private therapy session in which he discussed inappropriately touching young girls. His wife, Faye Grant, with whom Collins is currently in a divorce battle, made the recording without Collins’ knowledge or consent.
Since then, Collins has stayed silent over the issue, but he has recently confessed to People in an essay set to be published this week that he indeed had inappropriate sexual encounters with three female minors between 1973 and 1994.
“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” Collins writes. “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 has apologized to only one of the victims, and he explains why he did not reach out to the remaining two.
“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologised and she was extraordinarily gracious… But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.”
Collins is scheduled for an interview with Katie Couric that will be streamed on Yahoo.com. The full written statement of his story will be published in People on Friday (19 Dec.)
Stephen Collins has broken his silence and admits his wrongdoings. Now what?