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Stephen Collins admits to sexual abuse of underage girls in 'People'

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In a statement to PeopleStephen Collins admitted to having inappropriate sexual contact with three underage female victims between the years of 1973 and 1994. The 7th Heaven star told People that he has “not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last 20 years. 

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” Collins wrote. “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.”

Back in October, TMZ posted audio of Collins admitting to molestation in a therapy session with Grant, whom he is currently in the process of divorcing. The revelations led to Collins losing acting jobs and networks pulling 7th Heaven reruns.

Collins’ full statement is in the issue of People on newsstands Friday, and Collins will speak with Katie Couric about his admissions in an upcoming interview that will be shown on Yahoo! and ABC’s 20/20.