Baio responds to Eggert
Actress Nicole Eggert on Wednesday doubled down on her allegations that former costar Scott Baio sexually abused her when she was underage — accusations that Baio adamantly denied in a separate interview.
Eggert said in a taped interview on ‘‘The Dr. Oz Show’’ that she was in a car with Baio at his home when she was 14 and ‘‘he reached out and started touching me, below the belt, in the female parts.’’ She said Baio made it clear nobody could know, that it was illegal and ‘‘everybody could lose their job, even myself . . . so I stayed silent.’’
The actress, who also made the allegations on ‘‘Megyn Kelly Today’’ on Tuesday, said Baio had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17; the age of consent in California is 18. ‘‘He sort of manipulated me in the way of, ‘Let me get you ready for boys your own age,’ ’’ Eggert said. ‘‘I agreed to that. It was awkward to say the least.’’ Baio is 11 years older than Eggert.
In a statement given to Oz’s show, Baio’s representative, Brian Glicklich, said: ‘‘Nicole Eggert was well past the age of 18 when she came to Scott Baio looking for a sexual experience. Given this, her other vague claims . . . cannot have any merit.’’
Baio said Wednesday on ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America’’ that ‘‘false allegations’’ against him have ‘‘got to stop’’ for the sake of his wife and 10-year-old daughter. He said that during a consensual encounter when she was of legal age, Eggert told him that she wanted him to ‘‘be her first’’ sexual partner. He said they remained friends after that encounter.
In an interview posted by TMZ Wednesday, Eggert said she planned to speak to police in LA. Asked if Eggert had done so lawyer Lisa Bloom replied by e-mail: ‘‘No comment.’’ (AP)
Two stories from Stormy?
The latest twists in the tangled tale of what happened between Donald Trump and an adult film star more than a decade ago have the woman both firmly denying an extramarital affair with Trump and then playing coy about that denial.
Stormy Daniels said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the alleged affair never occurred. By that night, however, Daniels appeared to disown the statement in an appearance on ABC’s ‘‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’’ saying she didn’t know where it came from and the signature didn’t look like hers.
Afterward, Daniels’s lawyer and public relations manager reaffirmed her commitment to the earlier denial and said she was canceling a Thursday interview on ABC’s ‘‘The View.’’ (AP)