- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stephen Collins, who played a minister and father on the wholesome family show “7th Heaven,” has admitted publicly to having inappropriate sexual contact with three underage girls.

The 67-year-old actor, who has appeared in other hit TV shows like “Scandal” and “The Office,” told People magazine that there were three victims from 1973 to 1994, but said he has “not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last 20 years.

“As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth,” he said. “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since.”

Mr. Collins said he decided to address the issue following the release earlier this year of a 2012 audio recording made during a couples therapy session with his estranged wife. The session was reportedly recorded without his consent and released by TMZ.

Mr. Collins told People that he had the opportunity to apologize to one of the women, but decided during treatment that it would be against their best interests to reopen old wounds.

“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized, and she was extraordinarily gracious,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Collins will sit down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric for an in-depth interview about his confession, airing Friday on ABC.

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