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UPDATE at 2:10 p.m. PT: Hours after Alexander Polinsky made his claims, Baio’s lawyer informed reporters that “Scott denies every single claim of inappropriate behavior.”
Scott Baio is now going through sexual misconduct allegations from a second Charles in Cost co-star, Alexander Polinsky, who claims the actor bullied him with bodily abuse and homophobic slurs. Baio’s lawyer denied the allegations.
Final month, co-star Nicole Eggert, 46, accused Baio, who performed her and Polinksy’s characters’ nanny on the ’80s sitcom, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor. He denied her claims. Final week, she went to the police to report sexual misconduct towards the 57-year-old actor and so they started investigating her allegations. A day later, Polinsky, 43, stated in a press release learn on The Discuss that he as soon as walked in on Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap behind the present’s set and that the actor yelled at him and calling him homophobic slurs. He stated that in their time on the present, he obtained common “mental abuse” and “also suffered a physical assault at the hands of Scott Baio.”
On Wednesday, Polinsky and Eggert appeared collectively at a press convention together with her lawyer, famed movie star lawyer Lisa Bloom, throughout which the actor elaborated on his alleged encounters with Baio and in addition accused him of sexual harassment towards him.
“I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old,” Polinsky stated. “Getting the job on Charles in Cost after I was 11 was probably the most great issues that had ever occurred to me. It represented every thing good about my life and my future. My pleasure didn’t final lengthy.”
“During the first year of the show, when I was 11 or 12, I observed Scott with our co-star Nicole on his lap backstage,” he stated. “I used to be so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap, anticipating to listen to a narrative about Fonzie or Completely happy Days or one thing superior. Scott Baio was a hero to me. I used to be 11 years previous. As a substitute of telling us a narrative, Scott instantly threw me off him and started angrily calling me ‘f—-t’ whereas Nicole laughed.”
Polinsky stated he felt “confusion, shame and then fear” when he realized he had judged the state of affairs improper, including, “It was not innocent. It was sexual in nature.”
Eggert stated that after Polinsky “walked in on me and Scott being intimate on his lap, and he was thrown to the ground, this is when all the abuse began.” She stated she feels horrible and responsible that she did not rise up for Polinsky on the time.
“Scott Baio began a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting,” he continued. “Mr. Baio repeatedly told me about gay sex acts that he told me I would grow up to perform. I would protest and ask him to stop saying these things, but he said it was for my own good. Scott told me of his sexual conquests with young girls and the co-stars of the show. At the same time, [he] tried to convince me that I was unlovable, defective and branding me with the most vulgar words for homosexuals that exist.”
“Scott pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people,” he stated. “Another time, he laughed as he cut a hole in the canvas wall of my private dressing room on set and exposed his genitals to me. One of the most painful memories of my childhood was when Scott and I were backstage waiting to enter the set for a scene. I faked a basketball to him. He got startled and in anger, he assaulted me by throwing a burning hot cup of tea in my face.”
Polinsky stated he believes he was “being subjected to mental torture and retaliation” for what he had seen and that Baio’s “abuse” continued by the run of the present.
“Alex was consistently picked on, tripped, pushed around berated with horrendous, horrendous homosexual slurs, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessed something he was not supposed to see,” Eggert informed reporters.
Polinsky stated Baio known as him 10 years in the past and apologized for his previous conduct, however that he didn’t settle for it as a result of he was not prepared to listen to it. He stated he now desires a public apology from the actor for each himself and for Eggert.
—Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom