Embattled actor Stephen Collins has asked a Los Angeles judge to deny his estranged wife any future spousal support payments, because he has been left with no income following his child molestation scandal.

The troubled star hit headlines last month (Oct14) after audio footage, in which he allegedly confesses to inappropriately touching young girls, surfaced online.

The recording was reportedly made without his knowledge by his wife Faye Grant during a therapy session in 2012, and now Collins has blamed the leak on cutting off his stream of income from syndicated re-runs of his 7th Heaven Tv series.

The controversy also cost Collins a recurring role on Kerry Washington's political drama Scandal and the sequel to Mark Wahlberg's Ted 2.

His lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, filed new documents in his divorce proceedings on Friday (07Nov14), requesting a stop to the $13,000 (£8,125)-a-month he had previously agreed to pay Grant, as he can no longer land any work, reports Tmz.com.

In the brief, Kaplan writes, "Spousal support should be zero, as a result of the unlawful recording that was disseminated to the media."

Grant has denied allegations suggesting she leaked the damning audio to the press.

The former couple will head to trial on Wednesday (12Nov14) to determine the division of assets accumulated during their marriage.

The pair wed in 1985 and Grant filed for divorce in 2012.

Police in Los Angeles and New York are still investigating the molestation allegations.