It’s been a couple days since Nicole Eggert accused her “Charles in Charge” co-star Scott Baio of molesting her when she was just 14 years old, but after Baio took to Facebook to offer up a 16-minute denial/rant shooting down the claims, Eggert has come forward once again to describe the complicated circumstances surrounding the alleged incident.
Eggert appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Tuesday morning to give her first television interview since she first published the allegations on Twitter. She described how what began as a friendship between Baio, now 57, and herself, 46, quickly turned intimate.
“Then he started expressing his love for me and talking about marriage in the future,” she said. “Before my 15th birthday we were at his house – in his car in his garage – and he reached over and he penetrated me with his finger and that is when the sexual touching and abuse started, after that.”
“I was very young and it was shocking,” Eggert continued. “I had never experienced anything like that before, either. So he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones. The issue with him is that he was our boss. He also was telling me, ‘You can’t tell anybody, this is illegal, I’ll go to jail. Everybody will be sued. You’ll be out of a job. You’ll ruin everybody’s life.’ It’s scary. That’s intimidating, especially when you’re young.”
In addition to over 10 more instances of alleged molestation, Eggert recalled a lot of “groping, a lot of fondling, a lot of pulling me on his lap, trying to sneak kisses on the back” while on the set of “Charles in Charge.”
Eggert admitted to having sex with Baio when she was 17 years old, even though the age of consent in California is 18.
“It wasn’t until getting a little bit older that I started to realize, this was not love,” she told Kelly. “Everybody knew the attention he gave me.”
Watch Baio deny Eggert’s allegations below: