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Woman Says Stephen Collins Waved His Genitals In Her Face When She Was 13

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Stephen Collins at the L.A. premiere of 'The Three Stooges' in 2012 in Hollywood (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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A woman has spoken out, saying 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins exposed himself to her three times when she was 13 years old. And in one of those instances, she said he was completely naked with his penis just a few feet away from her face.In a lengthy interview with the Daily Mail, April Price, now 44, detailed the disturbing events that took place that summer in 1983 when she stayed with her aunt in Los Angeles during her school break. Collins was her aunt's neighbor in a gated apartment complex, and at the time, the star of a popular TV show, The Tales of the Gold Monkey. Price was starstruck and even asked him for an autograph.

Soon after that, things escalated. "Then, one day I was in kitchen cooking breakfast and I look up and I see Mr. Collins walking through the courtyard, right in front of my aunt's big bay window," Price said. "He was completely naked. He had no clothes on whatsoever. He had a wad of clothes in his hands."

She was weirded out, but a neighbor told her that Collins had just come back to Los Angeles after filming in France, so Price chalked up walking around naked to something that people in France did.

Later, Price needed help hooking up her Atari game console to her aunt's TV. Price said when she ran into Collins in the courtyard, he offered to help her and went over to her place. "I don't know at what point he did it, but when he turned around, his pants were completely unfastened," Price recounted. "His penis was hanging out and I'm just shocked. He doesn't make any mention of it. He doesn't act any differently."

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Price was confused and played along like nothing had happened. "I shut down," she said.

On and off throughout the rest of the summer, Collins would allegedly approach Price while she was tanning in the complex courtyard and chit chat with her. She thought what had happened in the past was just an "aberration," she said, and told herself that "he's a nice guy."

Collins asked her to come by to his apartment so he could show her memorabilia from Tales of the Gold Monkey, and she was excited at the chance to see it, Price said. While she was sitting on the couch, he reportedly told her he wanted to get more comfortable, and when he came back, Collins was completely naked. "And my heart fell," Price said. "This was terrifying."

He put his penis at her eye level, just a few feet away from her, Price said. She ran out of his apartment when she saw her aunt walk by the window. Although Price never told her aunt what had happened, her aunt was "livid" to find out that Price was alone in the apartment with Collins.

The 67-year-old actor has admitted to inappropriate sexual misconduct with three young girls between the years of 1973 to 1994, and discussed it in an interview with Katie Couric on ABC's 20/20, and in a lengthy statement in PEOPLE last December. This came after TMZ released a damning audio recording that Collins' now ex-wife, Faye Grant, who apparently taped the 2012 therapy session without his knowledge in which he admitted to molesting three girls.

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"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret," Collins told PEOPLE. "I have been working to atone for it ever since."

While the L.A. Sheriff's Department, L.A. Police Department and New York police investigated the allegations, no criminal charges have been filed against Collins.