On Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorneyâ€™s Office decided that they would not file charges against Scott Baio, citing that â€śthe statute of limitations had expired.â€ť
Nicole EggertÂ accused Baio of molesting her between the ages of 14 to 17 in the late 1980s. Eggert reported the allegations to police this past January. The allegedÂ sexual assault occurred while they worked together on the sitcomÂ Charles in Charge.Â
In a press conference in February, Alexander Polinsky also alleged Baio assaulted and â€śmentally torturedâ€ť him.Â Shortly after the press conference was given,Â Scott Baioâ€™s lawyers denied the claims.
Baio has been unequivocal in denying the allegations ever took place in both cases and stated that he was in a consensual relationship when she was of legal age.
Lisa Bloom, Eggertâ€™s attorney said, â€śWe have been told that while the DA found Nicole and her witnesses to be credible, they could not prosecute due to theÂ statute of limitations. Letâ€™s abolish the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.â€ť
Eggert was infuriated by the decision of theÂ District Attorneyâ€™s Office and told TMZ: â€śI always knew this case was beyond statutes of limitations and unfortunately the DA would not be able to prosecute Scott Baio. However I also knew the importance of laying the groundwork for any future victims of Baioâ€™s that may come forward and to warn parents who might unknowingly allow their children to be alone with this molester.â€ť
She took to Twitter and doubled down on her allegations against Baio. Support on social media for Eggert has been mixed, ranging from kind words of encouragement to accusations of slander against Baio.Â ~Ari Derin
Wait for itâ€¦dismissed on Statutes of Limitationâ€¦NEVER bcz of LACK OF EVIDENCE!! Case closed molester @scottbaio
â€” Nicole Eggert (@NicoleEggert) June 19, 2018