Baio de­nies sex­ual mis­con­duct claims

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/ State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Scott Baio “is deny­ing each and ev­ery one of the al­le­ga­tions” made against him by two of his for­mer co-stars on “Charles in Charge,” his spokesman said Wed­nes­day.

Brian Glick­lich read a brief state­ment from Baio at a news con­fer­ence held in re­sponse to the lat­est claim of mis­con­duct.

For­mer “Charles in Charge” ac­tor Alexan­der Polin­sky said at a news con­fer­ence ear­lier in the day that Baio as­saulted and “men­tally tor­tured” him when he was a child star on the show in the 1980s. He said Baio ex­posed him­self, dis­cussed gay sex acts and once threw a hot cup of tea in his face.

An­other star of the se­ries, Ni­cole Eg­gert, came for­ward last month with claims that Baio sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was a mi­nor while they were work­ing to­gether.

Baio called those al­le­ga­tions false and said he and Eg­gert were in­volved in a con­sen­sual re­la­tion­ship when she was of le­gal age.

On Wed­nes­day, Jen­nifer Mc­Grath, an at­tor­ney for Baio, char­ac­ter­ized the claims by Polin­sky and Eg­gert as “ever chang­ing” and ev­i­dence of “con­tin­ual hunger for pub­lic­ity.” Glick­lich also sug­gested the al­le­ga­tions were mo­ti­vated by a de­sire for me­dia at­ten­tion.

Mc­Grath con­firmed, how­ever, that the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Eg­gert’s al­le­ga­tions af­ter the ac­tress filed a po­lice re­port against Baio last week. Glick­lich said at­tor­ney Leonard Levine would rep­re­sent Baio in that mat­ter, and that he would be pre­sent­ing the LAPD with ev­i­dence to re­fute Eg­gert’s claims.

Mc­Grath showed a photo of a smil­ing Polin­sky and Baio that she said was taken at Baio’s birth­day party seven years ago. Glick­lich ref­er­enced an in­ter­view Eg­gert had given years ago where she said work­ing with Baio on “Charles in Charge” was fun and that she would be happy to work with him again.

Baio live-streamed the news con­fer­ence on his Face­book page but did not at­tend. Glick­lich and Mc­Grath said he was at a school party with his daugh­ter.

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