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Two cable television networks
said they would not broadcast
scheduled re-runs of veteran TV
actor Stephen Collins beloved fam-
ily series 7th Heaven.
The networks, UP TV and TV
Guide, announced the cancellations
after details of molestation allega-
tions against Collins were reported
by celebrity Web Site TMZ.
New York police confirmed Tues-
day they have an open investigation
into allegations the actor molested
a teenage girl in the early 1970s.
New York Police Department
spokesman Stephen David said the
complaint was filed in 2012 accusing
Collins of forcing a then-14-year-
old girl to commit a lewd act in the
actor s Manhattan apartment in 1972.
David says the case remains open
and is being handled by Special Vic-
tims Division detectives, but no
charges have been filed.
Prosecutors will make a determi-
nation about whether any charges
should be pursued.
Collins lawyer, Mark Vincent
Kaplan, and talent agent, Mark Teit-
elbaum, did not return messages
seeking comment Tuesday.
Hollywood trade publications
reported Tuesday that Collins lost a
role in the film Ted 2 and resigned
his position from the acting guild
Pamela Greenwalt, a spokeswoman
for SAG-AFTRA, declined comment
on Collins departure from its
national board. The actor s name
had been removed from lists of cur-
rent board membership by Tuesday
The actor s estranged wife, Faye
Grant, wrote in a sworn court dec-
laration in Los Angeles last year that
her husband had disclosed he
molested at least three young girls.
Grant wrote in the November 2012
declaration in the couple s divorce
case that she reported abuse to Los
Angeles police, who said they are
not actively investigating the actor,
but could not offer details on any
The Los Angeles County District
Attorney s Office said it did not have
records of a case being presented to
"Stephen admitted that he has
engaged in a long-term pattern of
sexually abusing minor children,
including sexually molesting three
young girls over a decade ago," Grant
wrote in the sworn declaration,
which was filed in Los Angeles
County Superior Court in Novem-
In March, Kaplan declined to dis-
cuss specifics about the claims, say-
ing his response was included in
court filings that described the accu-
sations as an effort to obtain a more
favourable settlement of the couple s
The filings do not include a denial
of the molestation allegations, but
attack Grant s use of them as "an
attempt to extort concessions in set-
tlement" from Collins.
The report to New York police was
made six months after Collins filed
to divorce Grant, who he married in
Grant and Collins separated in
February 2012, roughly two weeks
after the actress said she learned of
her husband s abuse in therapy ses-
sions, according to her declaration.
Collins filed for divorce three months
after the separation.
Grant states her husband has said
two of the girls he molested were
abused when they were between the
ages of 10 and 14 years old.
She said she had no indications
that he was abusing girls until he
disclosed it in therapy, and that she
reported his disclosures to police in
New York and Los Angeles.
Collins has worked steadily in tel-
evision and movie roles since the
early 1970s, with appearances in
movies such as All the President s
Men, Star Trek: The Motion Picture,
and recurring roles on series such
as No Ordinary Family, Revolution
and Devious Maids after 7th Heaven
concluded its 11-season run in 2007.
CBS Television Distribution, which
owns and distributes reruns of 7th
Heaven, declined comment on the
cancellations by the two channels
airing it domestically. (AP)
7th Heaven actor accused
of child molestation
Veteran TV actor Stephen Collins.
Stephen admitted that he has engaged in a long-
term pattern of sexually abusing minor children,
including sexually molesting three young girls over
a decade ago...
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