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