Art (Unfortunately) Imitates Life for Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven

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Recently, one of the most (seemingly) wholesome actors of the small screen revealed a very dark and disturbing secret — at least, that’s what we thought.

Stephen Collins — who played the pastor/dad on the WB TV show 7th Heaven — apparently confessed to his counselor that he was a child molester. TMZ received and posted on the tape, which prompted a criminal investigation.

Although that came up inconclusive (which means he probably won’t be prosecuted), there’s other news: Later this year, Collins will play a pedophile on TV.

We’re already dealing with terrible news about one of our favorite late 90s-Cosbyesque TV stars — and now we learn that the “leak” may have occurred because Collin’s wife Faye Grant  (most notably from V: The Miniseries but also of 7th Heaven) had a problem with his latest choice in a movie: he plays a pedophile priest in a short 10-minute “film” called Penance.

Now the short film’s director wants to tell whoever will listen that it isn’t his fault. Jeff Wolfe contacted People to make it clear that his movie was shot in 2013, before Collins’ alleged past had come to light:

“When I cast Stephen Collins, I had no idea there might be a connection between his real life and the part I asked him to play,” said Wolfe. “I found the recent allegations particularly shocking, as my film is meant to speak to victims of abuse and the idea that the effects of abuse never really go away.”

This story almost certainly will not have a happy ending for anyone involved.

Publish date: October 20, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT