Scott Baio refutes allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by co-star Alexander Polinsky

Scott Baio refutes allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by co-star Alexander Polinsky

Scott Baio held a press conference to deny allegations of abuse by Charles in Charge co-star Alexander Polinsky, the same day the actor accused Baio of verbal and physical abuse on the sets of the show.

Merely hours after Alexander Polinsky, who played Adam Powell in the 80s sitcom Charles in Charge, accused Scott Baio, his co-star, of verbal and physical abuse on the set of the show, Baio held a press conference to deny the allegations. Baio has also been accused by Nicole Eggert of sexual harassment and sexual abuse while she was a minor on the show, and Polinsky's statement supported Eggert's claims.

Polinsky told reporters on Wednesday, February 14, that he "was sexually harassed by Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old."

He gave a detailed account of how the abuse began, saying, "During the first year of the show, when I was 11 or 12, I observed Scott with our co-star Nicole on his lap backstage. I was so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap, expecting to hear a story about Fonzie or Happy Days or something awesome. Scott Baio was a hero to me. I was 11 years old. Instead of telling us a story, Scott immediately threw me off him and began angrily calling me "faggot" while Nicole laughed."

Nicole Eggert, Alexander Polinsky, and Lisa Bloom, Getty
Alexander Polinsky, flanked by Nicole Eggert and attorney Lisa Bloom, speaks out about allegations of sexual misconduct. (Getty Images)

Polinsky described the harassment he experienced, "Scott Baio began a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting. Mr. Baio repeatedly told me about gay sex acts that he told me I would grow up to perform. I would protest and ask him to stop saying these things, but he said it was for my own good."

He continued, "Scott told me of his sexual conquests with young girls and the co-stars of the show. At the same time, tried to convince me that I was unlovable, defective and branding me with the most vulgar words for homosexuals that exist."

Polinsky detailed some of the other abuses he faced at the hands of the actor, "Scott pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people. Another time, he laughed as he cut a hole in the canvas wall of my private dressing room on set and exposed his genitals to me. One of the most painful memories of my childhood was when Scott and I were backstage waiting to enter the set for a scene. I faked a basketball to him. He got startled and in anger, he assaulted me by throwing a burning hot cup of tea in my face."

Eggert supported his statements, telling the reporters, "Alex was consistently picked on, tripped, pushed around berated with horrendous, horrendous homosexual slurs, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessed something he was not supposed to see."

Baio's reps held a press conference in Los Angeles to refute the allegations, reading out a statement by Baio, who was not present at the event. The statement read, "For reasons I don’t understand, I am the target of false claims that threaten everything that is important in my life. I am hurt and I am angry, but mostly, I am stunned that anybody can be so cruel to attack not just me, but my family."

His reps defended the actor, saying, "Scott denies every single claim of inappropriate behavior and there is absolutely nothing when you examine the facts and the evidence and the claims that have been made — almost every one of them can be refuted with evidence."

Baio was unavailable for comment as he was attending an event at his daughter's school during the press conference.

Scott Baio
Scott Baio at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio (Getty Images)

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