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‘7th Heaven’ actor reportedly under investigation for child abuse

Stephen Collins as Rev. Eric Camden in “7th Heaven.”The WB / Kwaku Alston

Actor Stephen Collins, who played the Rev. Eric Camden on the long-running WB family show "7th Heaven," is reportedly under investigation for child molestation after an alleged recording surfaced of him confessing in couples therapy to exposing himself to young girls and molesting an 11-year-old, according to TMZ and the New York Daily News. (TMZ has posted the alleged audio on its website. The Daily News reports an NYPD investigation has been confirmed with an unnamed department source.) Collins, who has also appeared on "Devious Maids" and "Revolution," was set to star with "The Fighter" Oscar-winner Melissa Leo in the American Repertory Theater's upcoming production of Eve Ensler's "O.P.C." (Obsessive Political Correctness), which opens in Cambridge on Nov. 28. The ART sent out a release about the production on Monday, however, with no mention of the actor. It only listed principal cast members as Leo and "Juno" actress Olivia Thirlby. Collins was announced as part of the cast in August. ART spokeswoman Kati Mitchell said Tuesday morning that Collins pulled out of the production because of "scheduling conflicts" within a week of the ART's August announcement. She said he never started rehearsals. "We had no idea," she said, of the Collins news. "We learned it as you did this morning." Collins was also supposed to have a role in the Boston-based movie "Ted 2," which just wrapped its local shoot. On Friday, Collins responded to a fan on Twitter who asked what his role would be in the comedy sequel. "I'd tell you but [director Seth MacFarlane] would have to kill me," he tweeted. Entertainment Weekly reported on Tuesday afternoon that Collins had been dropped from the project. According to TMZ, Collins's estranged wife, actress Faye Grant, allegedly taped the therapy session in 2012. The website reports that Grant also discusses the alleged molestation in 2014 divorce documents.

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