Stephen Collins Says He Was Molested as a Child, But He Doesn’t Use It as an Excuse for His Actions

The former 7th Heaven actor known for playing Reverend Eric Camden is revealing even more disturbing details revolving around the time he sexually abused three young girls. In an exclusive sit-down with Katie Couric for 20/20, not only did he talk about his horrific actions, but Collins also admitted to being sexually harassed as a young boy. Collins says an older woman "exposed" herself to him "quite a few times." Couric's question about why Collins would repeatedly molest minors prompted this response:

When Collins refers to this older woman "exposing" herself that includes various stages of being undressed or completely undressed, as he described to Couric. According to Collins, he doesn't believe this is the definitive answer as to why he molested children, but he did admit that he thinks it contributed to his way of thinking.

Before the interview with Couric, Collins released a statement to People , where he made a confession about his sexual acts with minors 40 years ago and he's currently trying to "atone" for his wrongdoing. His confession has led to Collins' agency dropping him and the pulling of 7th Heaven reruns.