Actress Nicole Eggert recently accused fellow actor Scott Baio of sexually assaulting her while she was underage. Baio, determined to clear his name, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Weds. and demanded that the former co-star stop the accusations for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter.
People reports that Eggert, 46, claimed that Baio, 57, took advantage of her and started molesting her when she was 14, on the set of the 1980s CBS show, “Charles in Charge.” It’s an accusation that Baio says is “100% lies” and “ridiculous.”
Here is my full response to Nicole Eggert’s false charges. pic.twitter.com/EdemHl6L70
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) January 28, 2018
“Why somebody would come after me, my reputation and stop me from doing something that I love doing, and more important than that is my wife and I have a 10-year-old daughter,” Baio said during a Weds. morning interview on “GMA.”
“And my 10-year-old daughter does not need to be hearing about this from friends at school, these false allegations. Her job is not to defend me. My job is to defend my daughter. Her job is to be 10 years old and that’s why this has got to stop.”
Baio also questioned Eggert’s version of events, which he said has changed several times. Baio admitted that he did indeed have a sexual relationship with Eggert, but it was after she became an adult. He said Eggert first said she had sex with him at age 17, then later changed it to age 14.
“So I’m trying to figure out which times she’s lying and which times she’s not lying because the story seems to change quite a bit,” Baio said. “I can’t keep up with it quite honestly.”
Eggert, however, is sticking to her story. In an interview with “Today”show’s Megyn Kelly, the actress said she wasn’t ready to tell her story until now, and that she spent many years covering up the truth.
“My truth is is that I wasn’t ready to tell my story. And for me it was always protecting the show and protecting the legacy that nothing happened there. That was my delusion, and that was my cover up always. And that’s not the first time I covered it up. I did it my whole life.”
Eggert recalled that the first alleged incident happened in Baio’s car when she was an impressionable teen. She also said Baio knew what he was doing was illegal and warned her not to tell anyone.
“We were at his house, in his car, in his garage and he reached over and penetrated me with his finger, and that’s when sexual touching and abuse started after that.”
Eggert also mentioned she’s considering going to the police, but Baio indicated that he wasn’t worried, claiming he did nothing wrong.
“Why would I have a concern over something I didn’t do?” Rather than take your case to social media, where people tend to beat up people like me, why not do it through the proper channels? You put up allegations like that, and it becomes like wildfire.”
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photos: Scott Baio via AP/Amy Sussman/Invision, Nicole Eggert via AP/Star Max]