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Stephen Collins has been cut from Ted 2 after he allegedly confessed to molesting young girls.
Earlier today, recordings of the 67-year-old former 7th Heaven star allegedly admitting to inappropriate acts surfaced online, causing police to launch an official investigation of Collins. In the wake of the child molestation reports, Collins will no longer appear in the upcoming sequel to the hit 2012 comedy Ted, a production source confirms to E! News. Although Collins did not appear in the first flick, he had a small role in Ted 2. His part has since been cut.
In the alleged tapes that were obtained by TMZ Tuesday, Collins is heard recalling past molestation incidents with a therapist and his ex, actress Faye Grant, with whom he's in the midst of divorcing.
Collins answers questions from his wife and the therapist and shares specific details about multiple inappropriate experiences he had with the young girls in question (in California, it is legal to secretly record conversations in an effort to gather evidence if a person is believed to have committed a violent felony—molesting a child under the age of 14 counts as such).
Among his difference confessions, Collins admits that he molested an 11-year-old girl from New York, who was a relative of his first wife. "There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis," the actor allegedly says in the audio clip. He also shares that he had exposed himself to the same girl "a couple of times."
The New York Police Department confirmed to E! News that a complaint has been filed against Collins and that the Manhattan Special Victims Unit is currently investigating the case. Collins' attorney did not return our request for comment.
In addition to being fired from Ted 2, Collins also resigned from his position on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Pamela Greenwalt confirms to E! News.
Collins is best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on the WB's religious family drama 7th Heaven.