Frederick M. Brown/Getty Pictures
Scott Baio is now going through sexual misconduct allegations from a second Charles in Cost co-star, Alexander Polinsky, who claims the actor bullied him with bodily abuse and homophobic slurs.
Final month, co-star Nicole Eggert, 46, accused Baio, who performed her and Polinksy’s characters’ nanny on the ’80s sitcom, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor. He denied her claims. Final week, she went to the police to report sexual misconduct in opposition to the 57-year-old actor they usually started investigating her allegations. A day later, Polinsky, 43, stated in an announcement learn on The Speak that he as soon as walked in on Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap behind the present’s set and that the actor yelled at him and calling him homophobic slurs. He stated that in their time on the present, he obtained common “psychological abuse” and “additionally suffered a bodily assault by the hands of Scott Baio.”
On Wednesday, Polinsky and Eggert appeared collectively at a press convention together with her lawyer, famed movie star legal professional Lisa Bloom, throughout which the actor elaborated on his encounters with Baio and in addition accused him of sexual harassment in opposition to him. Baio had no fast remark.
“I used to be sexually harassed by Scott Baio and in the end assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years outdated,” Polinsky stated. “Getting the job on Charles in Cost after I was 11 was some of the fantastic issues that had ever occurred to me. It represented every thing good about my life and my future. My pleasure didn’t final lengthy.”
“Throughout the first yr of the present, after I was 11 or 12, I noticed Scott with our co-star Nicole on his lap backstage,” he stated. “I used to be so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap, anticipating to listen to a narrative about Fonzie or Completely happy Days or one thing superior. Scott Baio was a hero to me. I used to be 11 years outdated. As an alternative of telling us a narrative, Scott instantly threw me off him and started angrily calling me ‘f—-t’ whereas Nicole laughed.”
Polinsky stated he felt “confusion, disgrace after which worry” when he realized he had judged the state of affairs improper, including, “It was not harmless. It was sexual in nature.”
Eggert stated that after Polinsky “walked in on me and Scott being intimate on his lap, and he was thrown to the bottom, that is when all of the abuse started.” She stated she feels horrible and responsible that she did not arise for Polinsky on the time.
“Scott Baio started a sample of abuse that was unrelenting,” he continued. “Mr. Baio repeatedly informed me about homosexual intercourse acts that he informed me I’d develop as much as carry out. I’d protest and ask him to cease saying these items, however he stated it was for my very own good. Scott informed me of his sexual conquests with younger women and the co-stars of the present. On the identical time, [he] tried to persuade me that I used to be unlovable, faulty and branding me with essentially the most vulgar phrases for homosexuals that exist.”
“Scott pulled down my pants in entrance of over 100 individuals,” he stated. “One other time, he laughed as he reduce a gap within the canvas wall of my personal dressing room on set and uncovered his genitals to me. One of the painful reminiscences of my childhood was when Scott and I have been backstage ready to enter the set for a scene. I faked a basketball to him. He received startled and in anger, he assaulted me by throwing a burning sizzling cup of tea in my face.”
Polinsky stated he believes he was “being subjected to psychological torture and retaliation” for what he had seen and that Baio’s “abuse” continued by the run of the present.
“Alex was constantly picked on, tripped, pushed round berated with horrendous, horrendous gay slurs, all as a result of he was within the improper place on the improper time and witnessed one thing he was not speculated to see,” Eggert informed reporters.
Polinsky stated Baio known as him 10 years in the past and apologized for his previous habits, however that he didn’t settle for it as a result of he was not prepared to listen to it. He stated he now desires a public apology from the actor for each himself and for Eggert.
—Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom