Nicole Eggert claims she came close to desperate measures during the years when co-star Scott Baio was allegedly abusing her.
The Charles in Charge actress, who claims that Baio sexually assaulted her between the ages of 14 and 17, told Entertainment Tonight that she contemplated suicide when she was 15.
I was 15 years old standing on the bridge over the L.A. River at Ventura and Vineland in Studio City, and I looked down at that dry river bed and I’m sobbing, I’m sobbing, she said. I’m sobbing and I looked at it, and I said to myself, ‘It’s not a legit bridge, you’re not going to die, you’re going to break a lot of bones and you’re not even going to kill yourself. Get home.’ You know, crying even harder, because, like, ‘You idiot, what were you just thinking?’ But you are lost, and hormones are going and raging, and just sexual hormones, you know? Growing hormones.
On Tuesday, Eggert filed a police report with Los Angeles police against Scott Baio, her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, told the Daily News.
In late January, Eggert accused Baio of digitally penetrating her when she was 14, and said that the alleged assaults continued for several years, including sexual intercourse when she was 17.
I was a willing participant to an extent. There was a lot of manipulation that went into it. It wasnt a hold me down rape me situation, but I was 17, Eggert said a few days later on Megyn Kellys talk show.
Baio denied her allegations, calling them 100% lies and said that the encounter was consensual.
I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time, and seducing me, he said in a Facebook live video. Any normal heterosexual, red-blooded American guy, the outcome would have been the same.
Eggert also claimed that Baio physically abused when she told him she wanted to date boys her age.
It started with shaming fat shaming me all the time, she told ET. (He told me to) stay away from craft service. You know, ‘Everybody watch out! Nicole, don’t go near craft service!’ … And then it became physical grabbing me by the hair, dragging me around, pushing me, tripping me.
Charles in Charge co-star Alexander Polinsky confirmed Eggerts claims Wednesday when she appeared on The Talk.
Working on the set of Charles in Charge from age 11 to 15 was no picnic; it was a toxic environment, Polinsky said in a statement read by longtime friend and Talk host Sara Gilbert.
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 Scotts lap and he did not appreciate my intrusion. He yelled at me and called me various homophobic slurs.