Stephen Collins confesses to molesting children forty years ago in a new interview that is featured in the pages of the new issue of “People” magazine. The actor was condemned as a child molester after his ex-wife Faye Grant released an audio recording of his confession during a couple’s therapy session in 2012.

Collins’ confession to the abuse of several young victims shocked the world as the actor had become known for his role as a pastor on “7th Heaven”. Now, he is confessing in a new interview and says that he has been trying to atone for his actions.

He said that there were three victims between 1973 and 1994 and claimed, “I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the past 20 years. He revealed in the interview, “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. 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.”

He continued, “On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32 and 40 years ago. The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”

He added that he has tried reaching out to offer up an apology to one of the women of whom he assaulted. He said, “I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious. 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.”

Stephen Collins confesses to child molestation – but is it only because his ex-wife released that recording?

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