The actor filed for divorce from Faye Grant in 2012
The divorce trial between 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins and his estranged wife Faye Grant has been delayed until Jan. 5.
A judge granted a motion filed Wednesday by Grant’s lawyer Larry Ginsberg to resign from the case – just hours before the trial was due to start in Los Angeles.
In a brief filed Nov. 6, Collins’s lawyer presented a forensic accountant report containing a claim against Grant totaling more than $1 million. The trial has been delayed to allow Grant time to prepare her defense and find a new attorney.
According to court documents, Collins’s attorney argued that “Faye had been aware for 2 ½ years that Stephen would take the position in trial that the surreptitious recording that Faye made during the parties’ confidential therapy session in 2012 was unlawful and constituted a breach of her fiduciary duty to Stephen and the community.
“Faye has known for over 2 ½ years that in the event that the recording should find its way into the public arena, that would constitute a further breach of her fiduciary duty, and Stephen would seek to hold her accountable for the damages sustained as a result of her conduct in this regard.”
Grant has denied that she leaked the tape.
The two spouses had been keeping a low profile after an audio file was leaked to the media featuring a man (allegedly Collins) confessing to inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls.
The actor, 67, made the alleged confession during a 2012 therapy session that his wife secretly tape-recorded.
Collins has since filed court papers requesting that an order to pay his wife $13,000 in support be waived since he’s “lost all earning power” in the wake of the scandal.
He’s currently under investigation by authorities in New York and Los Angeles after a woman alleging to have been molested by Collins officially came forward.
• Reporting by LYNETTE RICE