Over the weekend, actress Nicole Eggert leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Scott Baio, stemming back from when they were both working on the hit sitcom Charles in Charge together. Scott Baio promptly took to social media himself to refute those allegations in a Facebook Live video, but both actors have taken their stories to the national news media, with Nicole Eggert telling her story on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today yesterday, and Scott Baio responding to those claims on ABC's Good Morning America this morning. The only thing that's clear thus far is that neither side is backing down from their story.
The sexual misconduct charges were first brought up last weekend in a tweet from Nicole Eggert, who responded to a tweet about Scott Baio by stating, "Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep." The actress claimed in a series of deleted tweets that the abuse took place between the ages of 14 and 17, with the actress stating in previous interviews that she lost her virginity to Scott Baio when she was a minor at just 17 years of age. While Scott Baio doesn't deny that they did have sex, he claims she was over the age of 18 when it happened. When asked about the two Charles in Charge cast members who backed up Nicole Eggert's claims of sexual abuse, Scott Baio had this to say in his Good Morning America interview.
"I don't know what they're saying. I have no idea. I don't know why they're saying it. I don't, there were so many people on that set. Nobody said anything until, and by the way, Nicole and I were friends after our only sexual encounter, where she aggressively sought me out because she wanted me to be her first so that she would be good for her boyfriend, those are her words."
Scott Baio claimed that Nicole Eggert would have been over the age of 18 when they had sex, because she stated in an earlier interview that they had sex long after the show had ended. Good Morning America host Amy Rohrbach added that Nicole Eggert later admitted that she was lying in that interview, and that they did have sex while the show was in production, when she was a minor, and that she lied to protect the show. Scott Baio responded that her story "keeps changing" and he doesn't know which time she was lying, and added that he's not the first person she's made these sexual allegations against. When asked what happened when Nicole Eggert was 14, 15 or 16 years old, Scott Baio had this to say.
"Absolutely nothing. I find it interesting, Amy, that the moment that her first allegation, that we had sex when she was 17, which is not true, as soon as that was proven to be 100% false, she comes up with a new story where something happened once a week, for years. Now, I don't know if you've ever been on a sitcom set, but on any given day, on every day, especially Charles in Charge which was like a picnic every day, it was one of my favorite jobs I've ever done, there's teachers, parents, family, crew, producers, my dad, so how any of this could have happened is absolutely impossible. I don't know how anyone can actually believe what she's saying when her first allegation of us having sex when she was 17, was proven to be 100% false. Her story keeps changing. She makes up new things, and by the way, I am not the first person she has done this to. It was impossible because when a child is on a set, they're either in school or they're on the set with a teacher and their parents, that's it.
Scott Baio added that "this has got to stop," because his "10-year-old daughter does not need to be hearing about this from friends at school," and that "her job is to be 10 years old, and that's why this has got to stop." The allegations against Scott Baio are just the latest in the ongoing sexual misconduct epidemic, which has lead to the start of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements throughout Hollywood. You can take a look at Scott Baio's full interview below, courtesy of ABC News, along with Nicole Eggert's interview with Megyn Kely below.