Back in 2000, Jessica Biel, then starring as eldest daughter Mary Camden on TV’s “7th Heaven,” made waves by appearing on the cover of men’s magazine Gear in just a pair of panties, with her arm draped across her bare chest, covering her nipples. Given the “family-friendly” tenor of the religious-leaning show, this magazine spread was a big ol’ controversy at the time, including amongst the show’s producers and cast. And among those weighing in on the racy spread was none other than Biel’s TV dad, Stephen Collins, who had this to say:
“The press has gotten Jessica Biel’s age wrong in their recent stories about her. She’s not 18, as has been widely reported. She’s 17, a minor … Jessica’s photo spread was child pornography. I don’t want my kid to get the message that that’s okay.”
In light of Collins’ taped admission that he molested and/or exposed himself to multiple tween and teenage girls, these remarks about Biel’s Gear spread, frankly, take on a whole new and exceedingly creepy meaning. Yuck yuck yuck. [2 Paragraphs]
Actor Stephen Collins, best known for playing Reverend Camden on the TV show “7th Heaven,” admitted on a secret recording (taped during a therapy session with his estranged wife, with whom he is going through a divorce) to molesting and exposing himself to multiple young girls. In the confession, which he did not know was being taped, Collins admits to soon-to-be ex-wife Faye Grant that he molested an 11-year-old relative of his first wife, Marjorie Weinman, in New York, saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” Asked whether he had an erection, Collins replies, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.” He also admits to exposing himself to her multiple times after that, when she was 12 or 13 years old. He goes on to say that there were other incidents with at least two other girls in Los Angeles, where the couple lived, including a neighbor or relative of a neighbor. As for the legality of the taped confession, TMZ says, “We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.” According to TMZ, the tape is now in the hands of the NYPD and that officers were flown out to Los Angeles to interview Grant about the, at the current count, three victims.
You can listen to the confession above, but warning: it’s stomach-turning. [TMZ]
Well, this is quite simply an appalling story. Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, was convicted of raping his then three-year-old daughter and given only probation for the crime, because, as the female Superior Court judge wrote in her decision, “Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting.”
Judge Jan Jurden suggested that Richards would benefit more from treatment rather than prison time, but while it’s not unheard of for a judge to make that call, usually it’s done when sentencing drug addicts not child rapists. Defense attorneys have also been known to argue against prison time for clients who are frail or ill, but Richards is reportedly in fine health. Listen, I’m all for prison reform and making the living conditions inside meet a certain safety standard, but last time I checked, child rapists shouldn’t get off with just probation because prison isn’t pleasant. WTF is going on here? Keep reading »
“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me.”
I would like to pour Scarlett Johansson a big ol’ glass of STFU for telling the UK’s Guardian that she felt being named in Dylan Farrow’s New York Times letter about Woody Allen was “irresponsible.” Johansson was one of the actors personally called out by Dylan Farrow for continuing to work with Allen despite the sexual abuse allegations against him. While I’m sure being personally named for her complacency is uncomfortable, Johansson has a lot of nerve implying that Farrow — who has maintained the same story regarding the abuse she allegedly suffered for 20 years — has some sort of responsibility to her and her Google alerts. Responsibility for what? To not criticize those who continue to work with an accused child molester? Reminder: for Dylan Farrow, these allegations against Woody Allen are not allegations at all — they are facts. Even among many of those who think Mia Farrow is the world’s most devious brainwasher and planted false memories in young Dylan’s head, the evidence suggests that Dylan, at the very least, believes Woody Allen molested her. Asking those who continue to support him to explain themselves is her damn right as far as I’m concerned. Johansson doesn’t have to comment, but I would remind her that people are asked to comment about things they don’t know intimately all the damn time. Keep reading »
It’s clear from the response we received in the comments to yesterday’s piece on the Penn State scandal that people have strong feelings on the topic. I’m going to keep writing about any new developments as the story continues to unfold.
- The mother of Victim 1 (the first victim to come forward and report Sandusky to police) appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning, and said that her son, who was 11 at the time the abuse started, told her of the abuse Sandusky inflicted, “I didn’t know what to do … you just can’t tell Jerry no.’” [ABCNews] Keep reading »