Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Scott Baio: Allegations he harassed, assaulted child actors are 'media witch hunt'

Scott Baio abuse claims: Actor Alexander Polinsky to speak out about sexual harassment, abuse Second 'Charles In Charge' Child Actor Accuses Scott Baio Of Sexual Misconduct
Nicole Thomas | 15 February, 2018, 17:30

At a press conference held by Glicklich Wednesday, he read a statement on behalf of Baio.

After backing up Nicole Eggert's claims that Scott Baio molested her when they worked on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge, former costar Alexander Polinsky is now detailing the abuse he himself suffered at the hands of Baio, reports Variety.

He also claims Baio once threw a cup of hot tea in his face. Eggert has already alleged that Baio sexually abused her when she was a minor, a claim Baio has denied.

Troubled star Scott Baio has been hit with more abuse allegations from another Charles in Charge castmate.

"I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old", Polinsky told reporters. He furthermore said that Baio tried to humiliate him by pulling down his trousers in front of more than 100 people and that Baio cut a hole in the canvas wall of his dressing room to expose his genitals.

McGrath also displayed photos of a smiling Polinsky with Baio - pictures she said were taken about seven years ago at Baio's birthday party - countering Polinsky's claim that he was "unready or unwilling" to speak to Baio on the phone about a decade ago.

At the press conference Eggert apologised publicly to Polinsky for not speaking up on his behalf when both were teenagers working on the show. Polinsky alleged that he witnessed and was a victim of "physical, mental, verbal, and sexual abuse".

"I saw their relationship develop on the set in the coming months and years, and it was very distressing to me to see a man I looked up to behaving in this way with someone who is very close to my age", Polinsky said.

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"Scott told me of his sexually conquests with young girls and co-stars of the show", he said.

Polinksy, now 43, played a friend of Eggert's character on the show, with Baio, now 57, as the headliner playing a college student living with a family as a babysitter.

Baio, an ardent Trump supporter who advocated "relentlessly attacking Hillary Clinton," denies the claims.

Polinsky is the second performer from the show to come forward with misconduct allegations against Baio. If kids are going to work in the entertainment industry, modeling, athletics or any profession, shouldn't they be protected from abuse? He said the encounter was consensual, saying Eggert seduced him. The former child star stated Baio has exposed his genitals to him and taunted him about his sexuality.

Overall, they call the entire incident a "media witch hunt" and "not a dog-and-pony show". "Today is about rejecting all of that and it's about standing up against child abuse".

Polinsky referred to Baio's behavior as "sexual-themed hazing".

Bloom told reporters that Eggert filed a Los Angeles police report against Baio on February 6. and Polinsky also spoke to police at that time.

"We will fully cooperate with their investigation", Bloom said. "It is never too late to start your healing process and take care of yourself", she said.

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