Another star of 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge has accused series lead Scott Baio of child abuse and sexual harassment, as reported by AOL.
Alexander Polinsky, who played Adam Powell on the sitcom, previously alleged that the 57-year-old actor once physically assaulted him and hurled anti-gay slurs in his direction, as previously reported by CrimeOnline. These new allegations, however, are even more shocking, with Polinsky alleging he was both sexually harassed and assaulted repeatedly by Baio, beginning when Polinsky was just 12 years old.
“I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 to 15 years old,” the 43-year-old said at a press conference today with Hollywood attorney Lisa Bloom. “I was so naive, I innocently hopped on his lap expecting to hear a story about Fonzie or Happy Days.”
“Scott was a hero to me.”
Polinsky said the abuse started after he walked in on Baio and fellow actor Nicole Eggert as he sexually assaulted her. Eggert claimed that Baio repeatedly sexually molested her beginning when she was 14, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
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After that incident, Polinsky said, Baio began “a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting.” The younger actor said Baio would repeatedly describe gay sex acts and play cruel practical jokes.
“Scott pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people,” he said. “Another time, he laughed as he cut a hole in my dressing room and exposed his genitals to me.”
Polinsky referred to Baio’s behavior as “sexual-themed hazing.”
Attorney Bloom also addressed members of the press, reminding them that not every instance of child abuse looks the same.
“Child abuse takes many forms,” she said. “For little boys, child abuse can often mean homophobic slurs. Child abuse hurts, it deforms, it teaches children they are trash. Today is about rejecting all of that and it’s about standing up against child abuse.”
Baio’s lawyer has called the allegations from both actors a “media witch hunt.”
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