New details have emerged in the Stephen Collins child molestation case.
The famous 7th Heaven dad was accused last year of exposing himself to a number of children, and in a graphic new interview with the Daily Mail, one of his reported accusers reveals shocking details about the events she says transpired.
According to the site, April Price, now 44, was visiting her aunt, who lived in the same Los Angeles apartment complex as Collins, when she was 13. She says Collins first exposed himself when she was cooking breakfast in her aunt’s kitchen and he walked past the window naked.
“At the time, I didn’t think it was necessarily sinister really, but I thought it was odd,” she said. “It was not like he tried to cover up. He knew I was there while he was naked. He could see me there.”
The next time, she said, Collins volunteered to hook up a video game system for her in her aunt’s living room.
“I don’t know at what point he did it, but when he turned around, his pants were completely unfastened,” she told the Daily Mail. “His penis was hanging out and I’m just shocked. He doesn’t make any mention of it. He doesn’t act any differently.”
Price said she didn’t know how to act, so she followed Collins’ lead, acting as though nothing out of the ordinary had happened.
“Honestly, I was 13 and hadn’t even kissed a boy yet,” she said. “This was not something I was even remotely prepared for in my life and I shut down… I didn’t want to be rude. He was doing something for me. He was fixing something for me. I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t appreciative of that.”
The third and final time Collins exposed himself, Price claims, happened when he invited her to his home to look at memorabilia from his acting career. She says he went into his bedroom and emerged naked, with his “genitalia right at [her] eye level.”
“I was panicked,” Price explained. “I don’t know if I was afraid for my life, but… I don’t think he ever made me feel that he was capable of physical harm. But I was not prepared on any level to handle that at my age. I shouldn’t have had to see that, at that point in my life.”
Price claimed she left his apartment and didn’t see Collins again until she was working on the set of 7th Heaven years later.
“He was very intense,” she remembered. “He said, ‘I want you to understand what I did. I know it was extremely wrong. I really apologize for it, if I ever made you uncomfortable.'”