On February 7, 2018, Nicole Eggert appeared on CBS’ The Talk to discuss her decision to file sexual molestation charges against her Charles in Charge castmate, Scott Baio. While many tuned in to hear what she had to say, the talk show took an emotional turn when co-host Sara Gilbert read a statement by her good friend and witness to Scott Baio’s allegedly abusive behavior with Nicole Eggert, Alex Polinsky.
Revealing he had filed his own police report against Baio, Alexander Polinsky shared a statement about his time on the set. Sara Gilbert broke down in tears when she read how Baio allegedly assaulted her friend while he worked on the show.
You may read Alexander Polinsky’s statement as well as watch the video where Sara Gilbert became overwhelmed with emotion below.
Sara Gilbert is also a former child actor who appeared in the hit series Roseanne but appeared in many films and television shows beginning at the age of 7-years-old.
In an earlier episode, she had stated that due to her experience as a child actor, she believes a TV studio or set has ample opportunity for abuse to occur.
Scott Baio has denied the allegations and states he is innocent.
Here is the statement that Alexander Polinsky released to The Talk.
“Working on the set of Charles in Charge from ages 11-15 was no picnic, it was a toxic environment. I witnessed Scott Baio acting inappropriately towards Nicole Eggert during my first year of working on the show. I walked in on them together behind the set. Nicole was on Scott’s lap and he didn’t appreciate my intrustion.
“He yelled at me and called me various homophobic slurs.
“Growing up on the show I received regular verbal attacks, mental abuse and I also suffered a physical assault at the hands of Scott Baio.
“There is no excuse for this behavior. It is abhorrent.
“Both Nicole and I were minors. We deserved safe passage to do our jobs and also be kids.
“If we want to change the culture, we have to bring out the truth, take back control from the abusers and make them listen to the pain of their victims.
“For the sake of the next generation of young artists we must empower parents and social workers to heed the signals, ask the proper questions and protect children from monsters in the workplace.
“The cycle of abuse must stop.
“Even 30 years after the acts, they still matter.”
Sara Gilbert wasn’t the only one who became emotional while Alexander Polinsky’s official statement was read. There were gasps and aahs heard from the audience along with a roar of thunderous applause at Alexander Polinsky’s final words. It was clear; however, how heartbroken Sara was reading the abuse her friend had not only witnessed but also suffered according to his statement.
At one point, Nicole Eggert had placed her hand on Sara Gilbert’s shoulder to lend support and comfort while she continued reading Alexander’s account.
Nicole Eggert then corroborated Alexander’s statement by giving a timeline of the abuse she endured as soon as she began working on the show.
What did you think about Alexander Polinsky’s statement and Sara Gilbert’s reaction?