Stephen Collins, Faye Grant Finalize Divorce

24 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Stephen Collins and Faye Grant Settle Divorce.

Los Angeles: Veteran television actor Stephen Collins and his wife of nearly 30 years have finalised their divorce, an acrimonious break-up that revealed the former 7th Heaven star had inappropriate contact with underage girls decades ago.Some of the debate centered on a 2012 recording Grant made of Collins in couples therapy where the actor admitted to having exposed himself to underage girls.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael J Convey on Friday approved a divorce judgement that ended Collins’ marriage to Faye Grant, who first disclosed molestation allegations against her estranged husband in court filings. The settlement, which includes a 50/50 split of the sale of their pricey Brentwood homes but no spousal support for either party, will allow them to avoid a public trial. Collins’ lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said earlier this week there weretwo main points he wanted resolved before he would consider accepting any final judgment, but he did not elaborate. The divorce has been highly contentious, with Collins’s attorney arguing that Grant lost her right to a financial settlement when she taped her husband in a therapy session without his knowledge. According to the settlement obtained by TMZ, copies of the now infamous audio tape in which Collins admits to child molestation must be destroyed, with the exception of the original, which will be turned over to Collins’ lawyer, Shawn Holley.

The revelation cost Collins several roles after audio of a 2012 therapy session, in which he discussed the incidents, was posted by celebrity website TMZ last year. She will reportedly keep the tape under lock and key for 10 years, releasing it only if there is a subpoena. “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” he told People magazine last month. “I have been working to atone for it ever since. The settlement papers included a lengthy and detailed section about the now-infamous recording that was made in 2012 – and what will happen to it now that the couple has split for good. The judgement also states that Collins will not have to pay his wife any future spousal support payments, however Grant will receive some of Collins’ pension plan and investment income each month.

Grant included the molestation accusations in divorce proceedings and authorities in New York and Los Angeles have investigated the claims, but Collins has not been charged.

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