12 Witnesses Support Nicole Eggert's Sex Abuse Claims Against Scott Baio, Lawyer Claims

Feb. 9 2018, Updated 5:18 p.m. ET

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More people have come forward to support Nicole Eggert’s claims her former co-star Scott Baio sexually abused her when they worked together on the late-1980s sitcom Charles in Charge.

“We just gave the police a list of 12 witnesses who have reached out to us,” Eggert’s attorney Lisa Bloom told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview. “She said it was well known that Scott was interested in her and inappropriate toward her.”

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Bloom noted she took on Eggert as a client after the actress had received “threatening” letters from Baio’s lawyers and she was “scared.”

“She alleges that he digitally penetrated her beginning at age 14, and performed oral sex on her beginning around age 15,” Bloom told Radar of Eggert’s shocking allegations. “She said these acts occurred many times. She says that they had one instance of sexual intercourse with her when she was 17.”

“She needed help,” continued the civil rights attorney, who has represented other high-profile stars, including several Bill O’Reilly accusers, Blac Chyna and Kathy Griffin. “I spoke with Nicole and found her to be credible, and her story is heartbreaking.”

Bloom noted that Eggert is coming forward now because “sexual abuse survivors know when their time is right.”

“Some wait a year, or two, or decades; some never tell,” said Bloom, explaining the #MeToo movement “inspired” Eggert.

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Bloom also told Radar that Baio, 57, has not tried to contact her or Eggert.

“We have not asked for any payment,” said the legal expert. “I think Nicole would welcome an apology.”

Though she has chosen to share her story, which Baio denies, Eggert, 46, feared coming forward with allegations against Baio as a teen while the two were still working together because she worried “she would cast a bad light on the show” or “that Scott would be arrested” or “that she would not be believed.”

“These are the typical fears victims have when deciding whether to speak out,” explained Bloom. “No one wants to do it, but the sun and the truth: eventually they emerge.”

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