The controversy surrounding actor Stephen Collins and his alleged pedophilia has escalated with accusations that wife Faye Grant blackmailed him to get more money. Grant has lashed out at Collins’ camp through her lawyer, Martin Singer, who claims that the actor and his attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan are making “false and fabricated statements about Faye Grant to try to justify Collins’ conduct.”
Kaplan is reportedly claiming that Grant repeatedly threatened Collins with the audio recording she made at one of their 2012 therapy sessions together, where Collins admitted he had sexually abused young girls. He supposedly accused Grant of threatening to leak the recording to media if Collins did not pay her “millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled.”
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According to Daily Mail, Singer sent a letter to Kaplan on Friday threatening to take legal action for his comments. “It is malicious and outrageous that you would choose to spread defamatory lies accusing my client of supposedly engaging in extortion,” wrote Singer. “You are well aware of the fact that my client never used the tape at all in the dissolution proceedings. To the contrary, after your client refused to obtain treatment within a few months of the taping, my client gave the tapes to the NYPD and the LAPD.”
Grant, 57, is also an actor and was married to Collins for 27 years before they divorced in 2012. It is believed that the secret audio recording she made of their therapy session in which Collins admitted his pedophilic tendencies was made in that same year.
According to the New York Daily News, Grant had reached out in July 2012 to one of Collins’ victims after finding out about what he did. “I can only imagine the scars created from an adult behaving that way towards you,” Grant wrote in an e-mail to the woman. A source close to the NYPD told the publication that the victim was apparently a relative of Collins’.