Scott Baio denies Nicole Eggert's underage molestation claim

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Jan 31, 2018

Charles in Charge cast 1987 to 1990In response to Nicole Eggert's claims that he molested her during the time she played a role on the sitcom Charles in Charge from the time she was 14, Scott Baio (pictured above in plaid shirt) appeared on Good Morning America today to ask her to "please stop."

Baio starred as the title character on the show, which debuted in 1984. Nicole (seated at far right in the photo above) joined the cast in 1987, when she was 14. Nicole told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that Scott molested her "more than 10 times, more like probably once a week” during her three years on the show. She says they had sex in her parent's house when she was 17. Earlier, she claimed it was after the show ended its run, but at that time she was 18, which is legal age in California.

Baio insists she was 18 when they had intercourse, and denies all claims of underage molestation. He says they would never have been alone together on the set, where there were parents of all the child actors present, in addition to producers, directors, cast, etc.

“It was impossible because when a child is on a set, they’re either in school or they’re on the set with a teacher and their parents,” he said. He added that Nicole "makes up new things and by the way, I am not the first person she’s done this to."

However, when he was confronted with the fact that two Charles in Charge castmates, who were child actors at the time -- Alexander Polinsky (seated at far left in the photo above) and Adam Carl -- have corroborated Nicole's story, saying that they witnessed Scott behaving inappropriately towards her, Scott was at a loss.

“I don’t know what they’re saying. I have no idea. I don’t know why they’re saying it. I don’t -- there were so many people on that set,” he said. “Nobody said anything until -- and by the way, Nicole and I were friends after our only sexual encounter, where she aggressively sought me out because she wanted me to be her first so that she would be good for her boyfriend, those are her words.”

However, Nicole said of the sexual encounter, "He didn’t treat me well on set after it happened. He was quite mean to me."

According to TMZ, Nicole, who said on Tuesday she's considering filing a police report, was spotted in New York City today, where she claimed to be heading to Los Angeles to file a sexual battery report.

Scott said on GMA that the “false allegations” are not only damaging his reputation, but he's worried about the effect this will have on his daughter, Bailey. He said, "My 10-year-old daughter does not need to be hearing about this from friends at school. Her job is to be 10 years old, and that’s why this has got to stop.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Genny • 2/1/2018 11:03:15 AM

    Sounds like her story has changed a lot. Some of this may have happened, but the witness accounts of other children and her inconsistence probably mean no charges will happen. As for him, he's not in a position of power anymore, he might have been a big deal during the run of that show, but it was a long time ago and he's pretty much nobody now and as he said, has a little girl who is going to suffer from this coming to light. It would be great if the #metoo movement would focus on people who are still threats today or who did absolutely horrendous things. This just sounds like flirtation on both of their parts. He was pretty young then too.

  2. Anonymous • 2/1/2018 11:29:06 AM

    She has changed her story a few times. 18 is legal. Idk

  3. ENZA • 2/1/2018 12:21:15 PM

    I DONT BELIVE HER ,SHE HAS CHANGED HER STORY ALOT FIRST SHE SAID IT WAS 17 THEN SHE SAID 14 THEN SHE SAID 18 ,SHE CANT KEEP HER STORY STRAIHGHT I FRANKLY DONT BELIVE HER

  4. lorena • 2/1/2018 1:31:17 PM

    ...ridiculous. I say she needs to take a lie detector test. These women who are claiming sexual battery (and lying about it) need to stop. They are making it very hard for women who have actually been molested. As for the men who didn't do it (and I'm not saying that are all innocent) their lives and the lives of their families are being ruined by these allegations. Lie detector the whole bunch. Look what happened to poor Jeremy Piven. He's taken a lie detector test - passed - and is STILL being persecuted. God doesn't like ugly ladies. And He knows the truth.

  5. Debbie • 2/1/2018 1:36:15 PM

    I thought about this last night, before reading the article today. (Heard on TV). When I was 17 and on my own, I was the most experimental then. I met the person I had 2 kids with and he was 19. And it was consentual. I agree, her age part seems to flip flop, but the Alexander kid saying something, may be something. (Sorry, didn't look carefully at his name, if wrong). And the initial response typically is the perpetrator to deny it. And if it was consensual, and then over, there prob was an uncomfortable set. I know 17 is still 17, but doesn't seem very clear cut. Will see what more is said. And it seems that Scott wants to be 'in charge' of this situation, where, if he cared about his daughter, he may have not done things in the past that he didn't want to come to light.If he did, among anything else. I find it odd, that men will hurt their wives, girl friends or mothers, but they will protect their daughters. Pick and choose. Aren't they the same?

  6. Debbie • 2/1/2018 1:39:15 PM

    And, just own it! Apologizing or making amends better! Not saying he is guilty, but if he is. And I read or heard were more women accusing him. Sorry, if didn't read article again.

  7. DR • 2/1/2018 3:57:41 PM

    This whole movement has gotten out of control. Absolutely ridiculous. If it happened all those years ago - then report it and be upset about it then...other than that..drop it. You lose out. Sorry. Like how many years ago was this???? What 20+ yrs ago?? give me a break! If you were so devastated and upset then - then report it - even if it was a year or a couple after - but 20+ yrs. Nope. There is no way that people can even clearly remember their own behavior or the situation, emotions etc etc all those years ago... All these people who flip flop and change stories etc aren't even clear on all the details or their stories..in the meantime they ruin and destroy people's families lives, occupations etc... all over allegations that haven't even been proven. It's suppose to be 'innocent until PROVEN guilty'.....#ridiculous #bs

  8. Barbara • 2/1/2018 8:09:57 PM

    I agree with you DR,things HAVE gotten WAY out of control! Enough already!!It's everyday in the news someone harassed, or touched, or some trivial thing and it gets blown way out of the proportion! Where is the justice of firing people before they are even allowed to defend themselves? Yes some men or women SHOULD be held accountable. But these half baked stories that are so impossible to prove or it happened way.....back just to ruin a person's life is getting beyond ridiculous! How did we turn this world upside down to the point no one wants to even look or say anything for fear they will be hauled into court by PUBLIC OPINION???? I fear for my older sons. How are you suppose to even approach a girl to ask her out or flirt when you have this fear of sexual harassment? I am a woman and I have been sexually harassed but it happened many eons ago. I would never think of ruining this man's life & family let alone trying to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt! Sometimes you have to KNOW when to pick your battles.

  9. Debra • 2/1/2018 10:14:06 PM

    I agree some of this happens and it is bad and the ones doing wrong need to be brought to justice. I believe a child under 12 years old probably didn't know what was happening or know what to do about it. But if you are teenager then I am sure you know what's right and wrong. If something happens that you feels is wrong report it then don't wait 20 years. Please don't mess up someone life just because of attention or because someone else is saying it. Like one of the comments earlier it makes it hard for anyone to believe the people it does actually happen too.

  10. Bijou • 2/2/2018 8:09:36 AM

    Hiim again. Scott Baoi is a loser. Not saying that I believe Eggert here, but I wish he would please stop popping up on camera.

  11. EllaBlue • 2/2/2018 9:14:02 PM

    The logical reason for the inconsistency is because she was a child at the time and so were the other witnesses. Also, that’s the way TRAUMA works. And those of you freaking out concerning her lack of reporting this when she was 14 need to consult with a trauma counsellor on how victims react and what’s considered a normal reaction to abuse. The ignorance and misguided attitudes of some people are exactly why trauma and abuse victims fail to come forward sooner. She’s coming forward now because she feels safe to do so. I have a background in trauma so I’m speakimg from experience.

  12. Cronin Mitchell • 2/3/2018 6:43:49 AM

    Baio might need an attorney. I hear Bob Loblaw is available.

  13. TeeDee • 2/3/2018 8:51:44 AM

    It sounds like there are at least 3 people from the cast who say he sought a sexual relationship with her, but I think they both need to give depositions and do this with plenty of legal help. That said, it's funny how he's so concerned about his 10 year old daughter hearing about these accusations at school, yet he voted for an ADMITTED sexual predator, Donald Trump. How is he going to explain that decision to his daughter? It's not like he can say, 'fake news' because Trump himself admitted to grabbing and forcibly kissing women BEFORE the election. Smells like Baio is a complete hypocrite.

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