Actress Nicole Eggert told “Today” show host Megan Kelly that Eggert’s “Charles in Charge” co-star Scott Baio digitally penetrated her with his finger while sitting his car in his garage when she was 14 years old.
Eggert claimed the molestation continued up to when she was 17, which was when they allegedly had sex, notes the New York Daily News:
I was young, it was shocking playing on emotions and hormones… I was a willing participant to an extent. There was a lot of manipulation that went into it. It wasn’t a hold me down rape me situation, but I was 17.
According to Eggert’s claim, Baio told her to be silent or he would go to jail, the sitcom would end and everyone would lose their jobs.
Eggert told Nik Richie of “The Dirty” in 2015 that she wanted to lose her virginity and had sex with Baio, whom she remained friendly with.
Eggert told Kelly that she lied over the years to protect the TV show and because she didn’t want to be looked at as a “victim.”
Richie released a statement:
Nicole was distraught after the interview and off air she was an emotional wreck. She told me it was much worse than she described on air. She said he molested me as a child and I didn’t know any better.
In a recent 16-minute Facebook Live video (below) Baio denied Eggert’s accusations, cited Eggert’s interview with Richie and an interview in Yahoo where Eggert said she wanted to work with Baio again.
Baio claimed that Eggert was 18 years old when they had sex. Baio said he was a “red blooded American” when Eggert seduced him.
Back on “Today,” Eggert told Kelly:
I wasn’t ready to tell my story. [The sex] was upsetting. It wasn’t a good experience at all. He initiated it. It was at my house, in my spare bedroom. He laid down a towel and it happened there. And that’s the god honest truth.
Former “Charles and Charge” cast member Alex Polinsky tweeted and deleted that he was abused by Baio on set: “I had to watch other children be abused as well.”
Polinsky told Kelly in a statement that he witnessed “inappropriate cuddling” between Baio and Eggert on the TV set.
Adam Carl, who worked on “Charles and Charge” in 1988, tweeted his support for Eggert: “I sat with you while you cried about that abusive a–hole. I know you’re telling the truth and I’m so glad to see you speaking out.”