Even though Stephen Collins revealed he molested three minors in a therapy session with his then-wife Faye Grant and a therapist, the actor has been silent on the matter until now.
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The 7th Heaven actor released an official statement today, where he admits to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors many years ago.
"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. 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."
As a part of his lengthy statement, the 67-year-old also revealed he apologized to one of the women he molested and why that wasn't such a good idea.
"I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized 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."
Stephen is set to sit down with Katie Couric for an in-depth interview on the scandal that brought him back into the public eye in a negative light.
This will be the first sit-down interview (streaming on Yahoo! and airing Friday on 20/20 on ABC) for the actor since his estranged wife brought the child molestation admittance to the world.
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