Actress Nicole Eggert has accused former Happy Days star Scott Baio of molesting her when she was 14 years old.
Eggert and Baio starred together on the network sitcom Charles in Charge in the 1980s. On Saturday, Eggert, who later starred on Baywatch, spoke out on Twitter, accusing him of molesting her when she was a minor.
— Nicole Eggert (@NicoleEggert) January 27, 2018
“The reason I’m doing Facebook Live is because no one can edit me,” Baio said.
“This is the truth… I am going to knock down all these false claims against me.”
Baio spoke of an ongoing friendship with Eggert and noted that she appeared in a reality show with him in 2007, Scott Baio is 45 and Single.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 27, 2018
He then said that Eggert started making public accusations in 2012, while she was promoting her own reality series.
Baio also claimed that Eggert’s accusations are not valid because she did not report the allegations to police.
“If you have a real claim, you go to the real people, not social media,” Baio said.
The actor also suggested that it would have been impossible for him to molest Eggert because the children on the set of Charles in Charge were in classes when they were not filming, and always supervised. He indicated that he did at one time have sexual contact with Eggert, but when she was over 18 years old, and claimed she was the initiator.
“I remember her calling me and asking to come over, and coming in my house one time and seducing me. Now, any normal, heterosexual, red-blooded, American guy, the outcome would’ve been the same,” he said.
A person who said he worked on the set of Charles in Charge posted a tweet in support of Eggert, claiming he was aware of the alleged sexual misconduct.
When I worked on Charles in Charge in ‘88, I sat with you while you cried about that abusive asshole. I know you’re telling the truth and I’m so glad to see you speaking out.
— Adam Carl (@AdamWho) January 27, 2018
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
[Feature image: Associated Press/Nicole Eggert]