On February 7, 2018, The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert read a statement from Charles in Charge actor Alexander Polinsky regarding Nicole Eggert’s allegations of sexual abuse. Polinsky and Eggert played Adam and Jamie Powell on the show while Scott Baio played the lead character, Charles. Baio also worked as the series’ director from 1987-1990; the same years that Alexander Polinsky and Nicole Eggert joined the show’s cast.
Not only has Nicole Eggert filed a police report alleging Baio sexually abused her as soon as she began working on the show at the age of 14, Alexander Polinsky filed his own criminal complaint against Baio.
According to Polinsky, he walked in on a situation where Nicole Eggert was sitting on Baio’s lap. He described Baio as becoming defensive and abusive due to Polinsky’s witnessing the act.
Alexander Polinsky also stated that he was mentally and verbally abused regularly on the show. Though he didn’t go into details, Polinsky said he “suffered a physical assault at the hands of Scott Baio.” He described Scott Baio’s behavior as an actor and director for Charles in Charge as abhorrent.
Baio has denied the allegations against him and states he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
Polinsky also addressed what it was like to work with Scott Baio and called it a toxic environment. In some of his personal tweets, he has referred to his initial excitement about working with Scott Baio. At the time Charles in Charge aired, Scott Baio was a household name.
He had been endeared to viewers through his role of Chachi on Happy Days and the short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi. Baio was also familiar to children nationwide for his frequent appearances in afterschool specials.
News that Baio is being accused of not only sexual abuse but physical, mental and verbal abuse against minors has been met with various reactions ranging from shock and disbelief to utter disdain.
You may read Alexander Polinsky’s full statement as given to The Talk below.
— 🍃🦋🌹Charisse🌹🦋🍃 (@charissemarie) February 9, 2018
Scott Baio has yet to respond to Alexander Polinsky’s statement or the allegations of mental, verbal, and physical assault. During a previous Facebook live video, Baio declared his innocence and said he didn’t know why Alexander and Nicole had teamed up against him.
He had his attorneys issue cease and desist letters to both, but they have responded by filing police reports.
During Baio’s Facebook live stream, he challenged them not to wage their fight with him on social media but to file a report with the police.
(Charisse Van Horn and Alexander Polinsky personally follow each other on Twitter and have spoken to each other in the past, but not about the Scott Baio case. She has also tweeted in the past messages of support for Nicole Eggert to come forward and tell her story. She does her best to be fair and balanced and present all sides of the case. Scott Baio denies all allegations of child abuse against him.)