In a press conference on Wednesday, Polinsky appeared alongside attorney, Lisa Bloom, and first accuser, Nicole Eggert, to reveal that Baio pulled down his pants on several occasions to humiliate him and threw a burning hot cup of tea in his face as "torture."
The abuse, Polinsky alleged, took place because he walked in on Baio molesting former co-star, Nicole Eggert. Polinsky added that at just 12-years-old, Baio was also insulting him and throwing homophobic slurs at him.
"I was sexually harrassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15-years-old," Polinsky claimed.
"I became depressed when I realized what was going on with Nicole who was so close in age to me. Mr. Baio repeatedly told me about gay sex acts that I would perform. I would protest and ask him to stop saying these things, but he said it was for my own good."
He shared disturbing details of Baio's alleged sexual abuse. "Scott pulled down my pants in front of over a hundred people. And on another time he laughed as he cut a whole in a canvas wall on my private dressing room on set and exposed his private genitals to me."
"I'm interested in healing all of us," Polinsky said. "I was a kid who was supposed to be really happy working on a tv show at a theme park, and instead I was dreading it — getting up to work everyday. I want a public apology. He abused me in public in front of hundreds of people. There's a lot we kept inside for years, it was painful. He was a tyrant."
Eggert, by his side, added that she was there to support her friend Polinsky.
"After the incident where Alex walked in on me being on his Baio lap and he was thrown to the ground, Alex was consistently picked on — berated with horrendous homophobic remarks and physically abused," Eggert said at the press conference. "This was all because he was at the place at the wrong time and witnessed what happened."
"Our innocence was robbed of us," Eggert said.
Their lawyer claimed "over a dozen people" have reached out to be a witness to Baio's abuse. According to Eggert, one witness claimed to have seen Baio dragging her by her hair.
On February 6, Eggert filed a police report against Baio, with Polinsky as a witness.
Eggert was the first to claim Baio sexually abused her. Following her interview with The Talk hosts explaining how Baio allegedly molested her as a child, Polinsky, 43, released his own statement backing up those claims.
“Working on the set of Charles in Charge from age 11 to 15 was no picnic, it was a toxic environment,” alleged Polinsky. “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 did not appreciate my intrusion. He yelled at me and called me various homophobic slurs.”
“Both Nicole and I were minors. We deserved safe passage to do our jobs and also be kids,” Polinsky alleged in his statement. “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.”
Eggert, now 46, alleges when Baio was 25-years-old, he began sexually grooming her from the time she joined the cast at age 14.
Baio, now 57, is expected to make his own statement Wednesday at 5PM ET to address the allegations against him.
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