A second Charles In Charge star, Alexander Polinsky, has accused Scott Baio of abusive behavior.
On Wednesday, Polinsky held a press conference detailing his accusations against Baio, alongside his lawyer, Lisa Bloom, and his Charles In Charge co-star, Nicole Eggert. Bloom also represents Eggert, who has alleged that Baio sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 14 years old, and he was 25. Baio has previously denied Eggert’s sexual abuse allegations, saying she is “provably wrong” and “deliberately lying.”
On Wednesday, Polinksy alleged that Baio verbally and physically abused him from the ages of 12 to 15 while he worked on the popular sitcom. Polinsky claimed that the abuse was in retaliation for witnessing Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap, which is when he says the abuse started.
“I was so naive, I hopped on his lap, expecting to hear a story about Fonzi or Happy Days or something awesome,” Polinsky alleges. “Instead of a story, Scott Baio threw me off of him and called me f***ot, while Nicole laughed. I felt confusion, shame, then fear when I realized I had judged the situation wrong. It was not innocent, it was sexual in nature.”
Polinsky alleged that Baio then began a pattern of harassment and abusive behavior that was “unrelenting.”
“He repeatedly told me about gay sex acts that he would tell me I would grow up to perform,” Polinsky alleged. “Scott told me of his sexual conquests with young girls and co-stars of the show, at the same time trying to convince me that I was unlovable, defective, and branding me with the most vulgar words for homosexuals that exist.”
Polinsky also alleged that Baio once pulled his pants down in front of 100 people, cut a hole in the wall of his private dressing room on set and exposed his genitals to him, and once threw a burning hot cup of tea in his face when he got angry that Polinsky startled him as a joke.
“I believe I was being subjected to mental torture in retaliation for what I had seen,” Polinksy claimed, referring to him allegedly seeing Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap.
Eggert cried as she supported Polinksy’s allegations.
“I feel horrible and guilty that I didn’t stand up to him at the time, but I myself was a child,” Eggert said on Wednesday. “We were children. But Alex was consistently picked on, tripped, pushed around, berated with horrendous homosexual slurs, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and saw what he wasn’t supposed to see.”
Ahead of the conference, Baio’s spokesperson, Brian Glicklich, accused Polinsky, Eggert and Bloom of “sleaze mongering.” Baio is also set to hold a press conference on Wednesday concerning the allegations against him.
“Nicole Eggert, Alexander Polinsky and their attorney have brought a media circus to town, complete with false allegations, misleading insinuations, and pure sleaze mongering,” the statement reads. “If they wish to have a public conversation about their histories and motives, it will present a very different picture of why they are making these allegations.”
Last week, Eggert filed a police report against Baio after going public with her allegations. An LAPD spokesperson told ET last Wednesday that Robbery-Homicide detectives met with Eggert and are investigating allegations that she made, confirming the allegations were against Baio.
Meanwhile, Baio continues to vehemently deny Eggert’s allegations, though he did say that the two had consensual sex “well after she turned 18.” The 57-year-old actor previously denied Eggert’s claim they had intercourse when she was 17, explaining that by her own admission in a previous interview, they had intercourse after the show was over — the show ended in 1990, when Eggert was 18.
“We are genuinely appalled that Nicole Eggert continues to treat the police and the district attorney as though they are part of her personal publicity campaign,” Baio’s spokesperson said in a statement to ET in response to Eggert filing a police report. “The various and ever-changing charges made by her and Alexander Polinsky are false and baseless. We will look forward to a speedy and thorough investigation by law enforcement.”
During ET’s sit-down with Eggert last week, she accused Baio of manipulating her due to her young age.
“I think that’s a message people really need to understand,” she said. “It’s that he should have known better. He was the adult, I was the child. I had never been with a boy before. I had never been touched that way — by anybody. And he played on my emotions, my hormones — all of it.”