Growing up we all had our TV role models. We all related to Disney teens and vampire slaying chicks. We also stared at the screen and wished that we had mothers like Mrs. Brady or fathers like Uncle Phil. Maybe that’s why it hurts us so much when they pass away ( I’m still mourning the loss of James Avery who played Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and passed away on 31 December 2013 at the age of 68 due to complications following heart surgery). What’s even worse is when it is revealed that they were not as perfect as we hoped and the betrayal felt following the revelation.
7th Heaven chronicled the life of seven children and their beloved mother and pastor father. The show ran from 1996 to 2007 and not only was it the longest running show on WB but it also introduced the world to Jessica Biel. The father who had a job as a pastor was played by Stephen Collins and he became one of the most loved TV dads of all time. That was until recently.
Stephen Collins has now earned the title paedophile as he has reportedly been caught on tape admitting to the molestation of three young girls.
The tape is from a therapy session in January 2012 between Collins and his second wife, Faye Grant, and he is heard admitting to exposing himself to two young girls below the age of 14 whereas with the third, he placed her hand on his private area.
Before the revelations, Collins had plans to appear in Ted 2, the sequel to the 2012 film about the talking teddy bear but amidst the revelation, he was fired Tuesday and The Screen Actor’s Guild has also accepted his resignation for their board. Ironically his latest role was an 11 minute indie independent movie about a pedophile priest.
An LAPD source said investigators heard allegations about Collins in 2012, but a formal police report was never filed and the case was closed when the investigation found no victims living in L.A.
Collins hasn’t been charged with a crime yet his manager and his divorce lawyers still have not responded to requests for comment.