Stephen Collins Fired From ‘Ted 2’ After Molestation Allegations

“7th Heaven” dad faces a formal complaint filed with the NYPD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: Actor Stephen Collins attends the 20th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala in the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 7, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
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Stephen Collins has been fired from “Ted 2” after a recording allegedly surfaced of him confessing to child molestation, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap

The “7th Heaven” star, 67, has not yet been charged with a crime, but as TheWrap previously reported, the New York Police Department is now conducting an active criminal investigation. TMZ released the audio tape of what it said was the actor admitting to multiple instances of child molestation.

Also read: Stephen Collins Fired From ‘Ted 2’ After Molestation Allegations

“There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad,” a representative for the NYPD told TheWrap.

The famous TV dad had booked a small role in the upcoming sequel to Seth MacFarlane‘s raunchy 2012 teddy bear comedy until he was fired on Tuesday, which is set for a 2015 release. Collins teased his involvement in the project in a tweet Saturday, but joked that writer-director MacFarlane would kill him if the true nature of the part was revealed.

In addition to returning lead Mark Wahlberg, the “Ted 2” cast will also feature newcomer Morgan Freeman.

Also read: Morgan Freeman Will Join Cast of ‘Ted 2’

Universal Pictures has not immediately responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment.

Collins, who starred as Reverend Eric Camden in more than 200 episodes of The WB’s “7th Heaven” from 1996 to 2007, most recently appeared in the NBC series “Revolution,” the ABC Family series “The Fosters,” and the Lifetime series “Devious Maids.”

EW first reported the casting news.