President Trump has always attracted a population of supporters who are curious to say the least. He’s never made much headway in the entertainment world, with most stars who have made their political convictions known turning out to be anti-Trump.
Just this weekend, for instance, the president lashed out on Twitter against rapper Jay-Z after the star criticized him in a recent appearance on a CNN program.
There are a few stars, however, who the president has been able to claim as on his side, including actor Scott Baio.
Now, Nicole Eggert, an actress who starred alongside Baio on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge, has revived allegations against Baio of sexual misconduct. She alleges that as a minor, Baio preyed on her to the point of him eventually using her for sex. Throughout this, Eggert alleges, she remained a minor.
Responding to a joke tweet about the Trump shill being of course unable to accompany the president on his recently concluded trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Eggert wrote:
@scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep.’
Eggert eventually followed her initial post up with one claiming that it “started when I was 14,” but she seems to have since deleted that.
Unsurprisingly, she’s attracted backlash from Scott Baio, who seems to be conveniently unaware of the fact that victims of abuse often paint their attacker as a fundamentally good person in an attempt to cope with their experiences.
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) January 28, 2018
Baio, during the course of his response to Eggert’s allegations, noted that she’d spoken well of him during a 2012 sit down with Yahoo, telling the outlet that she’d “love to work with him again.” She added a claim at the time that rumors about “things that went on between us” weren’t, in her vague estimation, fully accurate, adding that “everything is way more innocent than it was made out to be.”
It’s an easily verifiable pattern for victims of abuse to speak of abuse in such a fashion while coming to terms with what happened.
Eggert’s story has been backed up by writer and producer Adam Carl, who says he worked on Charles in Charge alongside Eggert and Baio and was aware of Baio being abusive towards his younger female co-star at the time.
He replied to Eggert’s post, writing:
‘When I worked on Charles in Charge in ‘88, I sat with you while you cried about that abusive asshole. I know you’re telling the truth and I’m so glad to see you speaking out.’
Carl added a comment that although he doesn’t “know much,” he does know that “Nicole didn’t suddenly make this up in 2013,” which is when Eggert’s allegations of sexual misconduct against Baio first apparently gained prominence.
Although the tweets seem to have since been deleted, Eggert’s fellow Charles in Charge star Alex Polinsky alleged that abuse took place during the show’s filming just last month.
‘For 30 years I’ve held in the embarrassment and shame of being abused daily on the set of Charles in Charge. I had to watch other children be abused as well.’
For Baio to be outed as an abuser wouldn’t be that out of place in Trump’s base considering the fact that Donald Trump himself remains credibly accused of preying on numerous women throughout his rise to power.
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