Nicole Eggert Files Police Against Scott Baio Claiming Sexual Assault
After going public with her accusations weeks ago, Nicole Eggert has filed a report with the police alleging that her former co-star Scott Baio molested her when she was between 14 and 17 years old.
She claims he sexually assaulted her while on the set of their sitcom, Charles in Charge, which aired between 1984-1990.
Eggort's attorney, Lisa Bloom, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. She said, "Yesterday Nicole Eggert and I met with two police detectives from the sexual assault unit at my law firm."
"Nicole answered all of their questions for over an hour and told her story of sexual abuse by Scott Baio when she was a minor," she continued. "A witness, Alexander Polinsky, appeared as well and told the detectives about inappropriate touching he witnessed, as well as his own allegations of bullying by Scott Baio."
Baio has denied the allegations. In a Facebook Live video, he claims they had consensual sex when she was 18 years old.
This month, former Charles in Charge actress Nicole Eggert came forward with allegations that former co-star Scott Baio molested her when she was underage. The shocking claim was met with immediate rebuff by Baio, who vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Eggert has maintained that Baio had sexual relations with her when she was underage, detailing events that reportedly took place between the pair starting when she was 14. On Tuesday, January 30, the actress and lawyer Lisa Bloom appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY addressing the validity of her claims.
In the #MeToo era, following the Harvey Weinstein assault allegations last fall, networks have found they have to act quickly and decisively to similar charges, and in various ways.
Though Eggert and Baio are in agreement that they were once intimate, it is her age that continues to be called into question. Eggert insists that a nearly 30-year-old Baio coerced her into having sex when she was 17, while he claims the encounter took place after filming, which would have made Eggert over 18.
The Baywatch alum explains that her fear of being seen as a victim is the reason that it took so long for her to come forward. "I wasn't ready to tell my story, for me it was always protecting the show and protecting that whole legacy," she reasons.
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During the interview, Kelly mentions that Baio would rather Eggert file a police report than continue to make a public display on social media. Eggert then cautions that the Happy Days actor should be careful what he wishes for because she's looking into it.