On February 14, 2018, actor Alexander Polinsky detailed his allegations of abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and mental torture that he says Scott Baio targeted him with after he witnessed the Charles in Charge director sexually abuse co-star Nicole Eggert. Baio denies the allegations and doesn’t agree with Alexander Polinsky’s statement. According to Alexander Polinsky, when he witnessed Baio with Nicole Eggert on his lap, he thought the director was telling a story to the children on set. He climbed on his lap too but was thrown to the floor and then called the homosexual derogatory word faggot. According to Polinsky’s attorney Lisa Bloom, that was the beginning of a barrage of homosexual slurs Baio would target the 12-year-old boy with.
Alexander Polinsky landed the role of Adam Powell when he was 11-years-old and despite the bullying that allegedly occurred on a near daily basis, chose not to leave the job. He said he told his parents about the abuse and was given the option to stick it out or quit. He was proud to be starring on a hit television series, as he had been acting since he was a young child. He didn’t want to lose the opportunity he competed against many other children for and ultimately won.
He stayed. The abuse continued.
During a live press conference, Nicole Eggert said that not only was Alexander Polinsky targeted with homosexual slurs and derogatory words, but he was regularly tripped and bullied on the set.
Alexander said that the cruel comments were disguised as jokes, and sometimes he’d fight back tears and laugh along.
But it wasn’t funny.
And Lisa Bloom said it is up to the Los Angeles Police Department to determine whether Scott Baio is guilty of a crime.
You may hear Lisa Bloom discuss the abuse allegations regarding Alexander Polinsky and Scott Baio in the video below. You can fast forward to 8:20.
Polinsky stated that the homosexual bullying he suffered included Baio describing sexual acts that gays engage in as a way of preparing him for the future. One of the most shocking allegations was that Scott Baio cut out a hole in his canvas dressing room sheet and exposed himself to the minor.
Exposing yourself to a minor is an allegation that can result in serious sexually-related criminal charges. At this point in time, it’s unclear whether the prosecution will file charges against Baio based upon the allegations.
Lisa Bloom said that for growing boys, being berated with homosexual slurs is child abuse.
In today’s modern society, those types of slurs would be considered sexual harassment and possibly a hate crime. Gay bullying, whether the recipient is homosexual or not, has serious consequences. It can create confusion regarding someone’s sexual identity and that type of bullying should never be tolerated or directed towards a child.
When asked how the bullying impacted Alexander Polinsky on a personal level, he said he sunk into a state of depression. He dreaded going to work on the set each day. He and Nicole Eggert both stated that starring in Charles in Charge should have been the happiest times of their lives but instead, it was a living nightmare.
Neither Alexander Polinsky or Nicole Eggert are seeking monetary compensation from Scott Baio. Lisa Bloom is representing them pro-bono. They had reached out to Baio on social media, but he responded with cease and desist letters. He then said if they had legitimate complaints to go to the police.
Nicole Eggert and Alexander Polinsky went to the police on February 6, 2018, and filed their reports against Scott Baio. According to Lisa Bloom, the most serious allegation towards Baio is child sexual abuse.
Alexander Polinsky said he would like a public apology from Scott Baio.
Scott Baio continues to deny the allegations against him and says he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
(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.)