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Stephen Collins' Lawyer Releases Statement, Says Faye Grant Tried to Extort Him with Audio Tape

Stephen Collins' Lawyer Releases Statement, Says Faye Grant Tried to Extort Him with Audio Tape

Stephen Collins‘ lawyer is breaking his silence following the release of an audio tape in which his client confesses to allegedly molesting children.

The lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, says that Stephen‘s estranged wife Faye Grant has tried to use the tape in the past to extort money out of him.

“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,” Mark said in a statement to TMZ.

“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 added. “Though we would like to address the tape itself, the circumstances dictate that we must regrettably refrain from doing so at this time.”

Police were called to Stephen‘s home on Tuesday evening after false reports of a single gunshot and suicide attempt were reported.

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  • G

    Stephen Collins deserves a fair hearing and fair investigation, even if you think this is a true confession.
    His wife should also be investigated for extortion and releasing this tape to the public.
    I think that outrage at Mr. Collins by the public is misplaced and hypocritical. Public policy literature shows that sexual abuse happens every day hundreds of time. The broader question should always be, how do we reduce this number without resorting to calling people like Mr. Collins (the alleged perpetrator) a monster, a pervert, etc? Because it’s just not helpful to demonize him.
    Why? Guess what. Studies show that sexual abuse and molestation happens mostly between family members like uncles, brothers, fathers, stepfathers, friends of family, etc., against girls. Based on what I’ve read about Mr. Collins, it seems like he may have victimized random girls. This would be rare.

  • tina

    I am not surprised. Famous designer Marc Jacobs cruelly tortures a young girl. He’s been stalking her since she was 16. More of his ad campaigns have been banned for sexualizing underage girls. He stole her ideas and harassed her. Read more at styleangelique blogspot

  • Katie L.

    He is a sick pedophile that deserves to rot in jail and then hell.

  • what

    he didn’t rape anyone though, apparently they just saw his peepee and it was in the 1970′s. Yeah it’s disgusting but it’s not rape.

  • allison

    Is this lawyer trying to make this pedophile into a victim? GMAFB Good for the ex wife making him feel some pain. Since the police would not do anything when she gave the tape to them i n 2012.

  • allison

    @what: Stop being ignorant. If he confessed to touching girls for multiple years than he probably did much worst that he did not confess.

  • anotherview

    @allison:

    But maybe he did only do it those 3 times and that’s why he confessed because he felt guilty. You can’t just assume that he did much worse, where are those victims? Also, people do change.

  • The Punisher

    Perv

  • The Punisher

    @G Spoken like another pervert. Sicko

  • yoyoyo

    Did you guys read Kathy Griffin’s tweet?

    https://twitter.com/kathygriffin/status/519596831991275521

  • The Punisher

    @ G, What, anotherview……Three perverts

  • CarrieFromBelgium

    “She finally found an audience” yes! The police!
    It’s funny that his lawyer doesn’t say the abuses are false or just fantasy

  • OOOOOOh

    @The Punisher:

    Just cos someone is not instantly accussing and instead trying to look at it in a
    different ways makes one a pervert. Life isn’t all black and white.

    Seeing someone’s private versus being raped is different. I do think he’s gross but I don’t see the big deal. Then again most people are bored with their lives and are just waiting for the next scandal.

  • yooooon

    when you exposed yourself to Marjorie’s 10 year old sister

    marjorie was his first wife and he abused her little sister

  • ZSTR

    I don’t mind if his ex wife isn’t a good person, he is a child abuser, a criminal, and a pederast have to be under surveillance.

  • Yootha

    I’m sorry, but this is just mud-slinging. The fact of the matter is that there is a TAPED CONFESSION from Stephen Collins that he abused young girls – no matter how much he tries to lay blame on his wife, it was HE who committed these sickening crimes (and where there’s smoke, there’s fire, so there are probably more crimes he hasn’t spoken of) – leave the poor woman alone, she’s been having to live with this info for years, gave up her career to raise his family & quite frankly deserves respect AND compensation, as do the poor victims of this evil man.

  • Inappropriate

    Pedophilia is exclusive or near exclusive sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children. There are other *phillias for exclusive attraction to other age groups (pubescent, post pubescent, et. al.).

    It’s certainly not established that he had an exclusive attraction to whatever age group it was. Has the ages been identified? If they are post-pubescent girls then he committed a crime but he is not technically a “pedophile”.

    If it’s true what another commenter said about this occurring 40 years ago then for all we know (or at least for all the facts I know) we could be looking at a kid in his early 20s perpetrating these acts on a girl in her late teens. IMO that’s a different story then an old man doing the same.

    There are no doubt many facts I am not aware of that may completely change my view on things but I stopped knee jerking to terms like “pedophile” and “sex offender” when I discovered that the media and the government apply them inappropriately.

    I’ve already mentioned how pedophile is brandied about erroneously with, for example, as little evidence as having a website in a computer cache that contains a topless 17 year old. As for sex offender examples that I’ve made me wary of joining lynch mobs include cases where 16 year old boys get charged for having sex with their 17 year old girlfriends and then are branded sex offenders for life. Or the height of stupid excesses with the sex offender thing is underage girls becoming child porn peddlers for sexting their boyfriends.

    I’m sure some cafe mom type with a low capacity for considered and rational thinking will throw out “pervert #4!” so I feel I must explicitly state that child molesting is bad. Pedophilia can lead to some of the most damaging and life altering of traumatic crimes. My point is that the media throwing out accusations based on evidence from an estranged ex-wife about alleged incidents from decades ago is not enough for me to grab my pitch fork just yet.

  • Ladyb

    The whole thing just sounds off. Him, his wife and a confession. There’s something so smelly about the whole thing.

  • E

    @G: Are you suggesting that because you think that Stephen Collins may have molested “random girls” instead of girls he was related to that this makes his alleged offenses less vile, criminal or damaging to the victims? In one of the articles I read, it stated that one of his victims was a child related to or some how associated with his first wife. If that is true, then Mr. Collins was already a grown man when these alleged offenses occurred and he should receive the full penalty of the law in the state where these offenses occurred. Mr. Collins’ attorney’s attempt to try to discredit Faye Grant by calling her an extortionist is a poor representation of Mr. Collins. Instead, he should be addressing whether or not the tape was made legally with Mr. Collins’ knowledge and consent if the conversation occurred in CA which is a two party or more consent state for recording conversations. If the recording of the conversation occurred in CA without Mr. Collins’s knowledge and consent, then Ms. Grant is in violation of CA’s recording laws. If the conversation occurred in NY, then only Ms. Grant’s consent to the recording is necessary since NY is a one party consent state. I have also read reports that the tape was made during a therapy session which, if true, opens up another can of worms involving healthcare laws and violations. Either way, the main concern here should be that Mr. Collins appears to be admitting to acts of molestation to a minor(s) and that his victims and he should get the appropriate counseling they need to try to heal from his abuse. I agree with you that Mr. Collins and his alleged victims deserve a fair and thorough investigation into exactly what happened, when and where, without first being tried by social media.

  • He did it and admitted to it

    I don’t care about the wife’s ulterior motives, I hope she gets all his money anyway. He doesn’t deserve it.
    Sexual molestation destroys lives, destroys the innocent spirit of a child. It’s a trauma that some people never recover from, they lose all trust in adults and lose hope for the future.
    He and his wife have a daughter together…I hope she’s alright and that he never touched her.

  • Exactly

    #20
    exactly!!!!!
    Yes his wife is scum but who cares in the big picture. And his lawyers line that they can’t address the real issue now is bs. If he was an innocent man he would say so. His lawyer is trying to make people look at his wife now. He didn’t deny it!!!!! so who cares if the wife hates him.

  • LoveTheShoes

    @G: “Stephen Collins deserves a fair hearing and fair investigation, even if you think this is a true confession.
    His wife should also be investigated for extortion and releasing this tape to the public.
    I think that outrage at Mr. Collins by the public is misplaced and hypocritical. Public policy literature shows that sexual abuse happens every day hundreds of time. The broader question should always be, how do we reduce this number without resorting to calling people like Mr. Collins (the alleged perpetrator) a monster, a pervert, etc? Because it’s just not helpful to demonize him.
    Why? Guess what. Studies show that sexual abuse and molestation happens mostly between family members like uncles, brothers, fathers, stepfathers, friends of family, etc., against girls. Based on what I’ve read about Mr. Collins, it seems like he may have victimized random girls. This would be rare.”

    ——————-

    Excellent, adult, clear headed, level headed post. Bravo. It’s unfortunate at all that it happened at all and the children he molested are the only victims here. That said, his wife should in my opinion be just as you state, investigated. She’s no less culpable if she indeed knew all along and has been using the information to gain money. If he indeed continued to abuse anyone when he could have been stopped by what she had, she aided and abetted his crimes as far as I’m concerned.

  • CleoD

    @G:.
    .
    .
    You piece of shite evil fck…..child molesters molest when and where its convenient to do so….his notable rep as a celebrity and his playing a wholesome religious dad got him automatic familiarity with people he didn’t earn…plus, he’s already confessed to the crime and said one child victim, a 10 yr old, was the niece of his “friend and neighbor”. …so why are you contradicting your own stupid ignorant statements.
    .
    Also just a thought…it us possible for them BOTH to be pieces of shite who left a sea of child victims in their wake…but she redeems herself by releasing that tape of his creepy ass confessing.

  • annie

    @anotherview: and you can’t just assume that he didn’t do worse, it’s Child Sexual Abuse, period, since when it has to be penetration to be an abuse???

  • Vicki

    Love tha lawyer!!!!!!! Don’t you love how he deflects the real truth here. The bottom line is Stephen Collins lead a secret life which narcisstics often do. He alone is responsible for his actions.

  • Sam

    Out-of-work-over-the-hill actress looking for $$$. This should have been handled differently.

  • SheWhoWalksAlone

    @anotherview:

    Agreed, people never learn, wait for the entire story as the truth will come out in the end.

  • Jan

    @what: Um, whether he raped anyone or not, is NOT THE POINT. He is accused of child molestation. Not rape.

  • Jan

    @anotherview: anotherview it does not matter how many times he did it, it is CHILD ABUSE! Do you understand how SERIOUS child molestation is? This man is a PEDOPHILE. What about that, don’t you understand? Pedophiles are sick people who cannot be rehabilitated. They never change, there is no cure. A bullet is the only cure for them.

  • Jan

    @OOOOOOh: Seriously? RAPE HAS *NOTHING* to do with it! He DIDN’T just expose himself, he FORCED A *10 YEAR OLD CHILD* TO PUT HER HAND ON HIS PENIS. Just what about CHILD MOLESTATION, don’t you understand? Its sick people think MOLESTING A CHILD is ‘no big deal’. Are you people trolling, or are you pedophiles yourself?

  • Yeah

    The irony of Hollywood is that Bryan Singer, with an underage sexual assault case pending, still gets to direct the next Xmen. If Stephen was a big Hollywood studio moneymaker NOW it would get swept under the rug with payment. But he doesn’t carry a network show with high ratings right now……

  • r

    Not really. The thing is SC admitted it .
    People like Woody Allen and Bryan deny it and its unproven so not everyone is throwing them under the bus without proof.
    Granted you might hate woody and believe he did it but fact remains it’s hard to prove. This guy came out and said he touched the kid