Happy Day’s Star Scott Baio Latest Actor To Face Abuse Allegations
Happy Days star Scott Baio has been accused of sexual abuse by actress Nicole Eggert.
The pair starred together in the 80’s sitcom Charles in Charge. Baio played the titular character while Eggert played Jamie Powell, a young woman Baio was tasked with looking after. The allegations surfaced when the actor who is best known for his role as Chachi in Happy Days tweeted in support of the POTUS. In response, Eggert replied, “Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. It started when I was 14. Wasn’t a one-time deal.”
According to Page Six, Baio immediately picked up on the comment and responded with a 16-minute Facebook live, vehemently denying the events. “The reason I’m doing a Facebook live is because no one can edit me. This is the truth,” he told viewers. He then went on to explain that Eggert first made the statements in 2012 while she was promoting her upcoming reality shows. Rather than challenge her, he kept quiet and hoped she would “stop on her own.”
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“I don’t know what else to put out there,” he continues. “She’s my best friend in the world, then all of a sudden I’m the boogeyman.” Although Baio doesn’t directly explain what he means, it’s thought he is referring to comments made by the actress in 2012 during a Yahoo interview, where she praised her former co-star. “I’d love to work with him again,” she told the media company. “There are a lot of weird, strange rumors about things that went on between us, but we became really good friends and everything is way more innocent than it was made out to be. I would love to work with him again and I’m friends with his wife.”
Baio’s wife Renee also leaped to the defense of her husband of 11 years, in a tweet (edited for grammatical purposes), “Scott’s legal team has served you more than two cease & desist letters.” Despite her allegations, Nicole Eggert has never taken her claims to authorities. Baio concluded his statement saying the truth will most likely never be agreed upon. “The problem with almost all he said/she said cases is they’re he said/she said. Now go prove or disprove it…the real problem is people with legitimate claims aren’t taken seriously and that’s too bad.”
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