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Former child actress Nicole Eggert has accused Scott Baio of sexual abuse, alleging that he molested her starting at the age of 14 when they both worked on Charles in Charge.
One of the people who has backed up her story is former costar Alexander Polinsky.
In Polinsky’s new statement, he levels some accusations of his own at Scott Baio.
In a statement that Polinsky sent in to The Talk, he reveals:
“Working on the set of Charles in Charge from age 11 to 15 was no picnic, it was a toxic environment.”
Child actors are the most vulnerable people on any set. They deserve better.
“I witnessed Scott Baio acting inappropriately towards Nicole Eggert during my first year of working on the show.”
As Nicole has mentioned, some of Scott Baio’s alleged inappropriate behavior took place on or near the set.
“I walked in on them together behind the set. Nicole was on Scott’s lap and he did not appreciate my intrusion.”
That matches well with what Nicole has described.
“He yelled at me and called me various homophobic slurs.”
A horrible way to treat anyone, but an inexcusable way for a grown man to speak to a child.
This becomes even more upsetting, however, as Polinsky then details his own accusations.
“Growing up on the show I received regular verbal attacks, mental abuse, and I also suffered a physical assault at the hands of Scott Baio.”
What kind of disgusting adult physically assaults a child?
“There is no excuse for his behavior. It is abhorrent.”
He emphasizes Scott’s age difference (Scott Baio is 11 years older than Nicole; his age gap with Alexander is even wider)
“Both Nicole and I were minors. We deserved safe passage to do our jobs and also be kids.”
Polinsky then lays out what he believes needs to change in order to make a safer, better world.
“If we want to change the culture, we have to bring out the truth, take back control from the abusers, and make them listen to the pain of their victims.”
That is true. He also has less abstract advice.
“For the sake of the next generation of young artists we must empower parents and social workers to heed the signals, ask the proper questions, and protect children from monsters in the workplace.”
On-site safety monitors, particularly for children, could be vital to preventing situations like this from happening in the future. And those worried about being “falsely accused” should want that, too.
“The cycle of abuse must stop. Even 30 years after the acts, they still matter.”
As Nicole Eggert has described in detail, Scott Baio allegedly began his sexual abuse of her when she was 14 and he was 25.
He was an adult, he was a star, and he was effectively her boss. And, according to her accusations, he digitally penetrated her in the garage of his house.
The alleged abuse went on about once a week until she was 17, at which point the two had sexual intercourse. From her account, Baio may have lost interest at that point.
She also says that he cautioned her that if anyone found out, the show would be canceled and everyone would lose their jobs.
Nicole Eggert has reported Scott Baio to police, and we note that California law does give prosecutors one year to charge him now that police have been told (despite the time delay; this law was written specifically for situations of child abuse).
For his part, Scott Baio has vehemently denied Nicole Eggert’s accusations.
He has claimed that he and Nicole Eggert had sex, but only after she “seduced” him at his house and only when she was 18.
He has also claimed that he never saw Nicole off of the set of Charles in Charge.
Baio has attacked Nicole, claiming that she cannot be believed because her story has allegedly changed over the years.
Some wonder if there are others mustering the courage to speak out with their own stories of working with Scott Baio.
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In a recent interview with Megyn Kelly, Nicole Eggert detailed her accusations against Scott Baio. She accuses him of having sexually abused her “once a week” while she was 14 until she was 17 while the two of them were filming Charles in Charge.
Scott Baio, who is more than a decade older, has repeatedly denied her account, at one point claiming that they had sex once when she was 18, at another point insisting that he’d never seen her off of the set.
Now, Nicole Eggert is taking things a step forward by reporting her accusations to police.
In a statement to Daily News, Nicole Eggert’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, reveals that her client has spoken with the LAPD and shared her accusations of seuxal abuse and molestation towards Scott Baio.
“Nicole answered all of their questions and told her story of sexual abuse by Scott Baio when she was a minor.”
The alleged molestation began when she was 14. Scott Baio is 11 years older than she is.
“We appreciate the Los Angeles police detectives’ interest in this case, and we will fully cooperate with their investigation.”
California’s laws regarding statutes of limitations with respect to child molestation are complicated and have changed multiple times over the decades, but speaking to the police now is not as fruitless as some may assume.
Lisa Bloom’ statement continues:
“Many have reached out to Nicole and me to say that they witnessed inappropriate behavior from Scott Baio when Nicole was underage.”
TMZ notes that Alexander Polinsky confirmed to police that he witnessed some of the alleged sexual abuse.
Polinsky played Adam Powell on Charles in Charge. According to Nicole Eggert’s accusations, Scott Baio was often touching or groping her on set or pulling her into his lap.
“We provided those names to the police today.”
Having witnesses can be very helpful when someone intends to prove their case.
In case you need a grim refresher, Nicole Eggert describes the first incident with Scott Baio as having taken place in his garage when she was 14.
He would have been 25 at the time.
She says that he digitally penetrated her at the time, which was the start of the alleged sexual abuse that she says happened about once a week until she was 17.
Nicole says that it was when she was 17 that Scott Baio had penetrative sex with her, at which point their inappropriate (and illegal) relationship ended.
On top of the statutory rape allegation, Nicole admits that she was awestruck but also notes that Scott Baio was effectively her boss and allegedly cautioned her that, if anyone found out what they were doing, everyone on the show would lose their jobs.
“I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time, and seducing me.”
“Any normal heterosexual, red-blooded American guy, the outcome would have been the same.”
Interesting, Scott Baio went on Good Morning America and claimed that he never even saw Nicole off of the set.
That appears to be an interesting shift in his story.
Also interesting is that Scott Baio has accused Nicole Eggert of changing her story, citing an old interview during which Nicole did not share any upsetting details or suggest that anything untoward had happened with Baio until she was 18.
It’s worth noting that the man who interviewed her at that time confirmed to Megyn Kelly that Nicole became visibly upset after the interview; she had shared with him, off of the air, that she had not described
Nicole says that, at that time, she simply wasn’t ready to come forward. That is common for survivors of sexual abuse.
So, remember how we said that statute of limitations laws are super complex in California?
When last we checked, their legislature is still debating the right way to go about them when it comes to childhood sexual abuse. It’s an important topic, particularly in a state that houses more than 12% of the US population. That’s a lot of kids, folks.
So, though the law has changed over the years, Nicole Eggert’s specific accusations can potentially go to a criminal trial.
Even though California has a 10 year statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, the crime can be prosecuted within one year of a survivor telling police, even after the 10 year period.
In case anyone wonders why this might be, it’s because it’s almost unheard of for someone to endure sexual abuse — which most often takes place at the hands of a family member, caretaker, or trusted family friend — until they turn 18, and them promptly march into a police station and report what happened.
Childhood sexual abuse is damaging, and a combination of shame and survival instincts often makes the people who survive it unwilling to talk about it until many years later — if then.
One year is not a long time to build a case, so we’ll see how this pans out for the LAPD investigators.
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