Stephen Collins’ erotic nov­els scru­ti­nized in wake of child mo­lesta­tion al­le­ga­tions

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By KIRTHANA RAMISETTI

Stephen Collins’ ca­reer as a nov­el­ist is be­ing scru­ti­nized in light of his re­cent child mo­lesta­tion scan­dal.

The “7th Heaven” ac­tor penned two erotic mys­tery nov­els in the mid-1990s. Gawker pub­lished pas­sages from both books on Thurs­day, two days after an audio record­ing emerged of the ac­tor ad­mit­ting to mo­lest­ing a young girl and ex­pos­ing him­self to two oth­ers.

The shock­ing rev­e­la­tion has led the NYPD Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit to in­ves­ti­gate Collins, a po­lice source tells The News.

Collins penned his first book, “Eye Con­tact,” in 1994, two years be­fore his TV ca­reer took off as the star of the fam­ily-friendly drama, which pre­miered in 1996. The ac­tor pub­lished a sec­ond book called “Dou­ble Ex­po­sure” in 1998. The nar­ra­tor in “Eye Con­tact” is an ac­tress named Ni­co­lette Stallings, and the book chron­i­cles her “taste for dar­ing sex de­spite its dan­ger­ous reper­cus­sions.

Gawker re­ports that Ni­co­lette is “con­tin­u­ally at grips with an in­ter­nal strug­gle to ex­pose her naked body to oth­ers,” and points out that this in­cli­na­tion to­wards ex­hi­bi­tion­ism is some­thing she shares in common with the book’s au­thor.

“Dur­ing her emerg­ing swan­hood, she dis­cov­ered a power pre­vi­ously unimag­ined,” Collins wrote in the novel.

“She ex­pe­ri­enced the ef­fect of re­mov­ing her clothes in front of the op­po­site sex. It be­came her deep­est se­cret.”

“Dou­ble Ex­po­sure” is set in a world with which Collins is very fa­mil­iar: the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try. It fol­lows the life of TV critic Joe McBride, who has a com­pli­cated per­sonal life that in­cludes an ex-wife, a for­mer fi­ancee and a daugh­ter.

De­scribed as “less tawdry” by Gawker, the ar­ti­cle points out that the book fea­tures a pas­sage in which a cou­ple are asked to share their sex­ual fan­tasies, with the man ad­mit­ting to want­ing to see his part­ner have sex while he watches.

Another pas­sage Gawker calls dis­con­cert­ing in light of the re­cent claims is a scene in which Joe com­forts his daugh­ter after she asks, “Daddy, would any­body sneak in and hurt me?”

“You’re com­pletely safe,” he re­sponds.

Both books are cur­rently avail­able for pur­chase at Ama­zon, and re­ceived pos­i­tive reviews from read­ers on the site.

This week has seen Collins get let go from “Ted 2” and he’s been cut from an episode of “Scan­dal.” He re­signed his po­si­tion on the Na­tional Board of the Screen Ac­tors Guild, and TV Guide Net­work and UP TV have pulled reruns of “7th Heaven.”

Stephen Collins ar­rives at an event for the

David Lynch Foun­da­tion in 2012. AP

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