Amid all the recent controversy
surrounding Collins, Wolfe released a statement toPeople
about the 67-year-old actor's part in the short. "Although my short film, Penance
, has recently played at a number of film festivals, it was actually made in 2013," Wolfe said. "When I cast Stephen Collins, I had no idea there might be a connection between his real life and the part I asked him to play. I found the recent allegations particularly shocking, as my film is meant to speak to victims of abuse and the idea that the effects of abuse never really go away."