Stephen Collins’ lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan has accused Collins’ estranged wife Faye Grant of trying to blackmail his client with the release of the audio tape in which the actor admitted to sexually molesting three young girls back in the years.
As ENTmania! previously reported, Grant secretly recorded Collins as he confessed to the child molestations during a therapy session in 2012. The tape showed up in the media on Tuesday, resulting in Collins resigning from the SAG board and getting fired from his upcoming Ted 2 and Scandal gigs. His hit TV show 7th Heaven was also yanked off the air.
In the divorce docs, Grant called Collins an unrepentant pedophile with a ‘long term pattern of sexually molesting children.’
But in his client’s defense, Kaplan blasted Grant as a blackmailer who released the audiotape on the eve of their divorce hearing in order to force Collins to part with ‘millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled.’
‘Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled,’ Kaplan said. ‘When these demands were rebuffed, Faye attempted — without success — to peddle the tape in numerous ways to numerous different people.’
‘It appears that she has finally found an audience for this tape — not surprisingly, on the eve of the trial in the divorce case where, again, she is seeking millions of dollars more than that to which she is legally entitled,’ he alleged.