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Embattled "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins believes that his estranged wife Faye Grant leaked the now infamous tape of him admitting to child molestation to try and extort money from him, according to a statement.

"Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled," Stephen's divorce attorney Mark Vincent Caplan said in a statement to TMZ.

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"When these demands were rebuffed, Faye attempted -- without success -- to peddle the tape to numerous different people. It appears that she finally found an audience for this tape -- not surprisingly, on the eve of the trial in the divorce case where, again, she is seeking millions of dollars more than that to which she is legally entitled."

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The couple first filed for divorce in 2012. It's believed that it was then that Faye recorded her estranged husband admitting to having inappropriate sexual conduct with at least 3 girls. TMZ also reported that Stephen's wife wants more than $14 million.

When asked whether he'd like to address the comments made on the tape, Stephen's lawyer said, "Though we would like to address the tape itself, the circumstances dictate that we must regrettably refrain from doing so at this time."

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In a related story, the website also reported that, according to the lawyer, Faye tried to persuade a witness in the upcoming divorce proceedings into a false testimony about the molestation. The witness apparently denied doing so.

Since the release of the tape this week, the fallout has been swift -- he was dropped from the cast of the upcoming movie "Ted 2," and TV Guide Network yanked "7th Heaven" from their schedule in the light of the allegations.