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UPDATE at 2: 10 p.m. PT: Hours after Alexander Polinsky spoke, Baio’s representative informed press reporters that “Scott denies every single claim of inappropriate behavior.”
Scott Baio is now dealing with sexual misbehavior claims from a 2nd Charles in Charge co-star, Alexander Polinsky, who declares the star bullied him with physical abuse and homophobic slurs. Baio’s attorney rejected the claims.
Last month, co-star Nicole Eggert, 46, implicated Baio, who played her and Polinksy’s characters’ baby-sitter on the ’80 s comedy, of sexually abusing her when she was a small. He rejected her claims. Recently, she went to the authorities to report sexual misbehavior versus the 57- year-old star and they started examining her claims. A day later on, Polinsky, 43, stated in a declaration continued reading The Talk that he as soon as strolled in on Eggert resting on Baio’s lap behind the program’s set which the star chewed out him and calling him homophobic slurs. He stated that throughout their time on the program, he got routine “mental abuse” and “also suffered a physical assault at the hands of Scott Baio.”
On Wednesday, Polinsky and Eggert appeared together at an interview with her attorney, renowned star lawyer Lisa Bloom, throughout which the star elaborated on his supposed encounters with Baio as well as implicated him of unwanted sexual advances versus 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 task on Charles in Charge when I was 11 was among the most terrific things that had actually ever taken place to me. It represented whatever great about my life and my future. My enjoyment did not last long.”
“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 was so ignorant, I innocently got on his lap, anticipating to hear a story about Fonzie or Happy Days or something remarkable. Scott Baio was a hero to me. I was 11 years of ages. Rather of informing us a story, Scott instantly tossed me off him and started madly calling me ‘f– t’ while Nicole chuckled.”
Polinsky stated he felt “confusion, shame and then fear” when he recognized he had actually evaluated the scenario incorrect, 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 guilty and dreadful that she didn’t defend Polinsky at 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 thinks he was “being subjected to mental torture and retaliation” for exactly what he had actually seen which Baio’s “abuse” continued through the run of the program.
“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 press reporters.
Polinsky stated Baio called him 10 years back and excused “very basic things he had said,” however Polinsky did decline the apology and was “not ready” to hear it. He stated he now desires a public apology from the star for both himself and for Eggert.
Baio’s civil lawyer kept in mind to press reporters on Wednesday how there are promotion pictures of both stars positioning together at Scott’s 50 th birthday celebration 7 years back.
— Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom