Stephen Collins' Wife Needs a New Divorce Lawyer
The divorce trial was supposed to start Wednesday
The divorce lawyer for Stephen Collins' estranged wife Faye Grant has quit.
Larry Ginsberg, Grant's lawyer, filed a motion Wednesday morning to be relieved as counsel, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter.
The divorce trial between Grant and Collins — who has been accused of pedophilia — was scheduled to begin Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. It has now been postponed until Jan. 5. Collins is an actor best known for playing a pastor on the family-oriented TV show 7th Heaven.
The contentious divorce, which is going into its 33rd month, took a public and scandalous turn last month when TMZ released an audio recording secretly made by Grant during a therapy session in which Collins admits to inappropriate sexual behavior 30 years ago with at least three preteen girls.
Collins' divorce lawyer quickly accused Grant of leaking the tape in order to extort a larger divorce settlement. The couple have more than $12 million in assets to split, most of which were made by Collins during their 27-year marriage. Grant's lawyers fired back, threatening to sue Collins for defamation.
It's debatable how much money there is to split now. Grant has been receiving $13,000 a month in spousal support, according to divorce filings. After the molestation accusations surfaced, Collins was quickly fired from the movie Ted 2 as well as Scandal, and syndicated episodes of 7th Heaven have been dropped from UPtv and TV Guide Network. Collins was subsequently fired by his Hollywood agency.
Ginsberg's firm is the second divorce lawyer Grant has hired. Legal fees between the couple have already reached $1 million, according to divorce filings.
Because the alleged incidents happened around 30 years ago, it's unlikely that Collins will face criminal charges.
Nov. 12, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Updated with details throughout.