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Stephen Collins Admits To Sexually Abusing Girls, Denies Being Pedophile (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Stephen Collins, star of TV's "7th Heaven," spoke out for the first time since his estranged wife Faye Grant released an audio recording in October in which the actor admitted to sexually abusing underage girls.

Grant and Collins were in a therapy session in 2012 when Collins described the sexual abuse, but he wasn't aware that Grant was recording him. It is legal to record conservations secretly in California if you're doing so to gather evidence about a felony.

Grant gave the audio recording to TMZ in October, which published it. TMZ notes that Collins admitted to sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in New York, a second girl in Los Angeles and a third girl, also in New York.

People reported yesterday that the 67-year-old actor confessed to sexually abusing three minors between 1973 and 1994.

However, during an interview with Katie Couric for Yahoo News! and the ABC News program "20/20," Collins insisted that he is not a pedophile (video below).

"A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I'm not," said Collins. "I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I'm absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I'm just not."

Collins then claimed a therapist told him that a pedophile would have molested kids many more times. Collins denied he had any desire for young girls.

"If you're not a pedophile, then how would you describe your particular pathology?" Couric later asked.

"You know, I don't, I think I'm someone who gave in several times to exhibitionistic urges," stated Collins. "Someone who had real big boundary issues as a young man and beyond that ... to an extent."

Couric's full interview with Collins will air on Dec. 19 on "20/20."

Sources: TMZ, People, Yahoo News!
Image Credit: Yahoo! News Screenshot