Yesterday, shortly after a tape surfaced of 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins allegedly confessing to exposing himself to several young girls, a rumor surfaced stating the 67-year-old had killed himself.
Donna D’Errico, best known for her role on Baywatch, is a neighbor of the actor at the center of the scandal. Last night, she tweeted photos of police cars on her block and repeated neighborhood gossip that the actor had killed himself in the face of the controversy.
TMZ later confirmed the incident was a “false alarm” — as Stephen was not home at the time, and has been in communication with sources close to him the entire night.
The outlet published additional information about the case, including allegations from his estranged wife Faye Grant that he once admitted to having fantasies about his own child.
According to an email sent from Faye to Stephen last year (after he allegedly admitted to exposing himself to three young girls) the actor expressed relief when their daughter, Kate, born in 1989, was a girl — as he would’ve been tempted sexually had it been a boy.
“The comment you made just before I gave birth to our daughter when you said you hoped we didn’t have a little boy, because ‘you just didn’t know if you could keep his little penis out your mouth’ was indication enough that you were sick,” the email allegedly read.
The site goes on to say that Stephen claims this is a flat-out lie, while his lawyer spoke out, claiming the actor’s estranged wife has been trying to use the audio recording to extort money out of the actor “for years.”
“Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give his audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled,” his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan told TMZ.
Meanwhile, his wife has continually denied the claims.
“I woke up today to learn that an extremely private recording I handed over to the authorities in 2012 per their request in connection with a criminal investigation was recently disseminated to the press,” Faye told E! News yesterday, Oct. 7.
“I had no involvement whatsoever with the release of the tape to the media.”