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2nd 'Charles in Charge' Star Accuses Baio of Abuse

Actress Nicole Eggert also accused Scott Baio of misconduct

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    Scott Baio Accused of Sex Misconduct

    Alexander Polinsky, a star on the '80s sitcom "Charles in Charge," accused Scott Baio of sexual harassment. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    Alexander Polinsky, a star on the 80s sitcom "Charles in Charge," is speaking out Wednesday on what he says was the sexual harassment and abuse he experienced from his co-star Scott Baio.

    Speaking at a press conference Wednesday with his attorney Lisa Bloom, Polinsky said Baio cut a hole in his dressing area wall and exposed himself, pulled down his pants on set and also threw a cup of hot tea in his face. Polinsky also claimed Baio spoke to him using gay slurs. 

    Baio scheduled his own press conference later Wednesday, where his lawyer read a statement from the actor calling Polinsky's allegations "false claims" and the attention on him a "media witch hunt."

    "I've tried my best to let the proper authorities handle this matter. It now seems they want a 'horse & pony' show," Baio wrote on Twitter.

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    Polinksy is the second person to accuse Baio of misconduct. Actress Nicole Eggert alleged that Baio abused her while she was underage and starring in "Charles in Charge." She is also represented by Bloom and will join Polinsky at the conference.

    Eggert claimed that Baio molested her when she was 14 and he was 25. She also said they had consensual sexual intercourse when she was 17. The age of consent in California is 18, and Baio is 11 years older than Eggert.

    Baio denied Eggert's claims of sexual abuse, saying it would have been "absolutely impossible" to molest Eggert on the crowded "Charles" set. He added that the sexual encounter happened when she was of legal age and echoed her description of the encounter as consensual.