Scott Baio has been accused of sexual abuse by former child actors he worked with on Charles in Charge. The #MeToo movement might have begun last October, but the fallout continues as more and more accusers find the strength to speak out. Only recently, Uma Thurman added her voice to the many women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of abuse, and the car crash on the set of Kill Bill which followed. Eliza Dushku finally was able to discuss the abuse she suffered at the hands of True Lies stunt coordinator Joel Kramer when she was a child.
Another former child star recently spoke out. Nicole Eggert, who played one of three young children that Baio’s character Charles was caregiver for, claims that the older actor started making sexual advances on her when she was only 14-years-old, and that his abusive behavior lasted for years. Baio denies the allegations, claiming they had one sexual encounter the Eggert initiated when she was 18. Eggert claims she was younger, and that Baio – 11 years her senior – was the instigator.
And Eggert is not alone in her claims. Right on top of her allegations, others have been made by actor Alexander Polinsky, who played Eggert’s younger brother, who says that he was also abused by Baio. According to Variety, Polinsky will speak in more detail at a press conference on Wednesday. He has retained council with attorney Lisa Bloom, who is also representing Eggert. Eggert was a guest on The Talk where she spoke about her abuse, and Polinsky released a statement in support, though he did not appear in person.
Baio was a child star himself, rising to prominence first in the movie Bugsy Malone and then when he joined the cast of Happy Days as Chachi. He then starred in spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi before taking the title role on Charles in Charge. In the last few years, Baio has been at the center of numerous controversies, largely due to his extreme right wing beliefs. He also suffered backlash for making derogatory comments about his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death.
Considering that Charles in Charge was about a young man who lived with a family and acted as nanny to their children in exchange for room and board, it’s very disconcerting that Baio has been accused of abusing two of the child actors who played some of the kids his character cared for. Perhaps once Polinsky makes his public statement tomorrow, both he and Eggert can move forward, take whatever legal actions they choose against Baio, and finally have some closure.
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