Former child actor says Scott Baio harassed, assaulted him on ‘Charles in Charge’ set

Former child actor says Scott Baio harassed, assaulted him on \'Charles in Charge\' set
Scott Baio accused of harassment by another ‘Charles in Charge’ co-star
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(CNN)Scott Baio has been accused of harassment and assault by his former “Charles in Charge” co-star, Alexander Polinsky.

Polinsky, who played Eggert’s on-screen brother on the 1980s syndicated family sitcom, had previously released a statement saying, “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. There is no excuse for this behavior. It is abhorrent. Both Nicole and I were minors. We deserved safe passage to do our jobs and also be kids.” He continued, “The cycle of abuse must stop. Even 30 years after the acts, they still matter.’

Scott Baio is being accused of child abuse by his Charlies In Charge co-star Alex Polinsky.

‘I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old,’ said Polinsky, with lawyer Lisa Bloom and co-star Nicole Eggert by his side.

The pair were joined by Nicole Eggert, Polinsky’s Charles in Charge co-star who has accused Baio of sexually abusing her as a minor and who was now on-hand to support Polinsky’s claims. Polinsky traced the alleged abuse from Baio back to the child actor’s first year working on the show when, at age 11, he walked in on Baio acting “sexual in nature” with 14-year-old Eggert, who was sitting on the adult star’s lap.

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He went on to allege that Baio once threw hot tea in his face, cut a hole in his dressing room door so he could expose himself to the youngster and even pulled down Polinsky’s pants in front of 100 people on set one day.

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“Child abuse takes many forms,” said Bloom, who added that the LAPD is now taking reports of all sexual assault incidents regardless of when it happened. “For little boys, child abuse can often mean homophobic slurs. Child abuse hurts, it deforms, it teaches children they are trash. Today is about rejecting all of that and it’s about standing up against child abuse.”

Charles in Charge: ‘I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old,’ said Polinsky (left with baio and Eggert)

Allegation: Polinsky claims Baio once cut a hole in his dressing room door to expose himself to the young co-star and called him a ‘f***ot’x

According to Polinsky, Baio would describe gay sex acts to Polinsky, share his “sexual conquests with young girls and co-stars” of the show and that homophobic slurs became a “running gag” on set. “Scott pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people,” Polinsky said. “Another time, he laughed as he cut a hole in my dressing room and exposed his genitals to me.”

Polinsky said that in his first season on the show he saw Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap and jumped up to join them, assuming he was telling story.

Then there were the highly-sexualized talks which were in no way appropriate. 

When reading her statement, Eggert said she felt guilty for not standing up for Polinsky at the time, but said she was enduring her own alleged abuse from Baio and was also a child. Polinsky said adults on set were aware of what was happening, but believes they were silent for fear out of losing their jobs. 

Charles In Charge’s Alexander Polinsky accuses Scott Baio of assault and sexual harassment

‘I was so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap expecting to hear a story about Fonzie or Happy Days,’ said Polinsky.

‘Scott was a hero to me. Instead of telling us a story, he threw me off him angrily calling me a f***ot while Nicole laughed.’

Still, the pair want an apology from Baio and dismissed questions about his planned news conference. “I don’t think that anything I’ve seen from him seems to make any sense,” she said. “I think the truth is hitting him and I think the truth looks obvious when he is confronted with all the accusations.”

He added: ‘I felt confusion, shame and then fear when I realized that I had judged the situation wrong. It was not innocent. It was sexual in nature.’

“I was so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap expecting to hear a story about Fonzie or Happy Days,” said Polinsky of the TV show’s mega-star. “Scott was a hero to me. Instead of telling us a story, he threw me off him angrily calling me a faggot while Nicole laughed.”
Scott Baio accused of harassment by another 'Charles in Charge' co-star
Scott Baio accused of harassment by another ‘Charles in Charge’ co-star

Things got worse from there according to Polinsky, who said he was systematically terrorized for the next three years. 

“I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 to 15 years old,” said Polinsky, who spoke out for the first time on Wednesday about his allegations against Baio during a press conference with Hollywood attorney Lisa Bloom.

‘Scott pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people,’ said the actor.

Eggert and Polinsky, who each referred to Baio as a “tyrant” when describing their time with him on set, said they hadn’t shared their complete stories with each other until recently. “There’s a lot we kept inside over the years because of pain,” said Polinsky.

‘Charles in Charge’ Actor Alexander Polinsky Has Accused Scott Baio Of Sexual Harassment And Abuse

‘Another time, he laughed as he cut a hole in my dressing room and exposed his genitals to me.’ 

Polinsky said in a lengthy statement to The Talk that he walked in on Eggert sitting in Baio’s lap during his first season on the show, and was quickly belittled by the star of the show who began yelling at him and using ‘homophobic slurs.’

Polinsky said that Baio called him 10 years ago to apologize for “very basic things he had said,” but that he wasn’t ready to have that conversation. “He abused me in public in front of hundreds of people, I would like a public apology,” Polinsky added.

He went on to claim that he was later physically assaulted by Baio, an allegation the actor has denied in the past.

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The statement was read as Eggert appeared on The Talk to discuss Baio’s alleged abuse, and brought lesbian host and former child star Sara Gilbert to tears as she revealed that Polinsky is a ‘dear friend.’

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‘Working on the set of ‘Charles in Charge’ from age 11 to 15 was no picnic. It was a toxic environment,’ said Polinsky.

‘I witnessed Scott Baio acting inappropriately towards Nicole Eggert during my first year of working on the show. I walked in on them together behind the set.’

“This is a lesson to be careful of what you wish for,” said Bloom. “Scott did say Nicole should go to the police. Not only did Nicole [do so], Alexander also went to the police.”
Charles in Charge star Alex Polinsky accuses Scott Baio of exposing himself, calling him homophobic slurs and ...
Charles in Charge star Alex Polinsky accuses Scott Baio of exposing himself, calling him homophobic slurs and …

Polinsky continued: ‘Nicole was on Scott’s lap and he did not appreciate my intrusion. He yelled at me and called me various homophobic slurs.’

In that original statement, he had said that after witnessing Baio “acting inappropriately” with Eggert, Baio yelled at him and called him “various homophobic slurs.”

Polinsky said in a lengthy statement to The Talk that he walked in on Eggert sitting in Baio’s lap

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Tension on set: Polinsky said in a lengthy statement to The Talk that he walked in on Eggert sitting in Baio’s lap during his first season on the show, and was quickly belittled by the star 

That was not all he had to say either, going on to speak about other abuses he allegedly endured at the hands of Baio.


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‘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. There is no excuse for his behavior. It is abhorrent,’ said Polinsky.

He then finished out by calling for change, and not just in the film and television industry.

‘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,’ said Polinsky.

The actor is not just using his words to show support for Eggert either, as he also accompanied her earlier this week when she met with members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s special victims unit to discuss her abuse allegations.

The actress said the sexual abuse began when she was 14 back on the set of Charles in Charge.

‘He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. And then he started expressing his love for me. And talking about marriage in the future,’ said Eggert on Megyn Kelly Today last week.

‘And then I was still 14, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house in his car in his garage. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started after that.’

She went on to claim that these incidents ‘probably happened once a week’ until she was 16, along with kissing and groping that she believes the pair’s co-stars on the program saw at the time.

‘I had never experienced anything like that before either, so he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones and all of those things,’ said Eggert, now 46.

‘And the issue with him is that he was our boss. And he was telling me, you know, ‘You can’t tell anybody, this is illegal, I’ll go to jail. The show will be over. Everybody will be sued,” you know? “You’ll be out of a job, you’ll ruin everybody’s life.’

Charles in Charge Actor Accuses Scott Baio of Sexual Abuse

Eggert then added: ‘It’s scary. It’s intimidating, especially when you’re that young.’

As for the producers and other actors on set, Eggert said they had to be aware of the kissing and groping but she does not think they knew about the sexual abuse.

‘There was a bit of like — this person loves me. I trust this person. And that he cares about me and I’m safe,’ said Eggert of her feelings for Baio at the time.

‘And it wasn’t until, you know, getting a little bit older that I started to realize this not — this is not love.’

She said that the two did not have sexual intercourse until she was 17 and Baio was 28, and that she only told a few close friends at the time of the initial abuse.

Baio disputes this as well and says Eggert was 18, which is the legal age of consent in the state.

He provided proof of that in the form of an interview that Eggert did with The Dirty, in which she said that it was long after the show wrapped in 1990 when she and Bario had sex.

Eggert explained why she had kept this a secret for so long, and why she stressed in the past that she had never had sexual contact with Baio until she was of age.

‘But my truth is I wasn’t ready to tell my story and for me it was protecting the show and protecting that whole legacy that nothing happened there,’ Eggert told Kelly.

‘That was my delusion and that was my cover-up always. And, you know, that’s not the first time I covered it up. I always lied about it.’

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Baio told a different story in a video posted to Facebook days before Eggert’s interview with Kelly.

‘I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time, and seducing me,’ said Baio.

‘Any normal heterosexual, red-blooded American guy, the outcome would have been the same.’

That video was posted along with what Baio claims is evidence of Eggert’s deception on his Facebook account, where he wrote: ‘Nicole Eggert has been claiming I had sex with her before she was 18 at least since 2013. She is provably wrong, and because we have been telling her that since last year without results, our only conclusion is that she is deliberately lying.’

Baio’s evidence consisted of highlighted dates meant to show that Eggert is lying based on the comments she made to The Dirty and a large number of legal letters demanding silence from Eggert and Polinsky.

He also appeared on Good Morning America to deny allegations that he sexually abused Eggert.

The actor did not offer any proof to discredit Eggert’s claims, but did demand that she stop with her allegations for the sake of his family.

‘Why somebody would come after me, my reputation and stop me from doing something that I love doing … and more important than that is my wife and I have a 10-year-old daughter,’ said Baio, who showed no hint of emotion during the interview.

‘And my 10-year-old daughter does not need to be hearing about this from friends at school, these false allegations. Her job is not to defend me. My job is to defend my daughter. Her job is to be 10 years old and that’s why this has got to stop.’

He also shared a tweet from January 2017 of Eggert responding to a fan asking where Baio was during a Charles in Charge cast reunion by writing: ‘Yes – we were missing Scott!’

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