Stephen Collins Describes Sex Abuse Incident, Calls Himself "A Flawed Person"

Stephen Collins - H 2014
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Stephen Collins - H 2014

"Something unthinkably wrong had just happened that I couldn't take back"

7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins is continuing to open up about how he sexually abused underage women, but he also says that part of his life is behind him and he never wanted his past to become public.

“Most people get to, or have to or choose to hide it," Collins told Katie Couric in a clip from their sit-down that will stream on Yahoo and air on ABC's 20/20 on Friday. "This came out. I didn’t choose this to come out. I didn’t want to have to deal with these things publicly."

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He added: “I had dealt with them very, very strongly, and committedly, in my private life, but I think, I’m a human being with flaws and I’ve done everything to address it."

Collins' history with sexual abuse emerged a couple of months ago when TMZ released audio from a marriage therapy session, which the actor says were recorded without his or the therapist's knowledge or consent. In a statement released to People magazine on Wednesday, Collins confirmed what he said in his therapy confession: that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with three underage women between 1973 and 1994.

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Collins says his last transgression was in 1994, and in a second clip from his interview with Couric, he describes in detail what happened during his 1973 transgression, which he says involved him exposing himself to a young woman twice, including him making her touch him inappropriately.

"Neither of us moved," Collins said of that incident. "I knew immediately at that moment that something unthinkably wrong had just happened that I couldn't take back."

Watch both clips below.

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