While Stephen Collins remains silent amidst accusations of child molestation, an attorney for the former 7th Heaven star has released a lengthy statement to TMZ.
According to Mark Vincent Kaplan, the actor’s estranged wife, Faye Grant, is clearly behind the release of this damning audio, which was recorded in 2012 during a couples’ therapy session.
It seemingly features Collins admitting to three different instances of child molestation and Kaplan says it’s no coincidence that the tape leaked just as Grant and his client are in the middle of an ugly divorce case.
"Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled," Kaplan says.
"When these demands were rebuffed, Faye attempted — without success — to peddle the tape in numerous ways to numerous different people. It appears that she has finally found an audience for this tape — not surprisingly, on the eve of the trial in the divorce case where, again, she is seeking millions of dollars more than that to which she is legally entitled."
Early Tuesday morning, the tape (which you can listen to in full below) went viral, causing shockwaves around the Internet.
Considering a lack of denial from the actor and from his lawyer, it’s very safe to assume that it really does feature Collins admitting to multiple instances of molestation while speaking to a therapist alongside Grant over two years ago.
In one quote, he says he placed the hand of a young girl on his penis and that he had a "partial" erection at the time. Take a listen for yourself:
Grant secretly taped this exchange, a legal maneuver in California when one is looking to gather evidence against a presumed felon.
"Though we would like to address the tape itself, the circumstances dictate that we must regrettably refrain from doing so at this time," Kaplan concluded to TMZ.
Since this audio release, Collins’ role in Ted 2 has been cut, while Collins has resigned from the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild.
Grant, meanwhile, denies having anything to do with the audio leak.
And in a very strange twist, Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to reports of gun shot at Collins’ home last night. These reports proved to be false, however, as the actor is alive and well, authorities confirm.
Or at least just alive, some might say.