Faye Grant is feeling increasing public scrutiny for her role in the horrifying accusations against the former 7th Heaven actor, with some criticizing her for taping a private therapy session and others outright accusing her of blackmail. Now, Grant wants to set the record straight: She is not the bad guy here, Collins is.
In a statement to Extra, Grant and her lawyer deny using the allegations that Collins molested multiple girls to gain more money in their divorce settlement and says she has never asked for anything more than she is due according to marital law.
"This is a deeply sad situation for everyone involved," Grant said. "With regard to the divorce proceedings, I am seeking no more than that to which I am legally entitled under the laws of the State of California. The recording of Mr. Collins' statements has not been part of family court proceedings or any negotiations related to that action at any time."
Her lawyer, Larry A. Ginsberg, added, "The statement that my client attempted to extort Mr. Stephen Collins with an audiotape is fabricated and defamatory, and could not be farther from the truth. In fact, Faye turned over the recording to the LAPD and NYPD two years ago after Mr. Collins refused to address and get help with regard to his reprehensible conduct. It is offensive and outrageous that Mr. Collins' lawyer is now attempting to deflect focus away from the disturbing content of the recording and away from Mr. Collins' admissions by attacking the victims, including Faye, who Mr. Collins' lawyer is attempting to portray as the 'villain' in this tragic situation.
"Faye never asked to receive more than the 50 percent of the community property to which she is entitled under California law. Faye never asked for more than the 'guideline' amount of spousal support based on Mr. Collins' income. From the very beginning of the dissolution of marriage matter, Faye has worked diligently to get this matter settled and to put it behind her while coping with the distress and trauma suffered as a result of the revelations about Mr. Collins' life. Faye requested that Mr. Collins create a trust fund for their daughter, and further requested that he make a contribution to a charitable organization benefiting sexually abused children. To falsely characterize these requests as extortion threats is reckless and constitutes yet further abuse. Contrary to the efforts by Mr. Collins' lawyer to infer that my client tried to extort a settlement from Mr. Collins with the recording, neither my client nor any of her representatives ever made the recording part of the family law proceedings. As stated previously, neither Faye nor any of her representatives had any part in providing the audio tape or any part thereof to the media."
For the record, according to California law, it was perfectly right and legal for Grant to record the therapy session in question, because her purpose was to gather evidence of a violent felony — and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 falls into that category.
The couple filed for divorce in 2012 after 20 years of marriage.
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