Bad news for anyone who was hoping to see how much a courtroom sketch artist would butcher Scott Baio’s smug mug in oil pastels. TMZ says that Scott Baio won’t be going to trial.
Back in January, Scott’s Charles in Charge co-star Nicole Eggert alleged on Twitter that Scott had molested her from the ages of 14 to 17. Alexander Polinsky (aka Adam from Charles in Charge) came to Nicole’s defense, alleging that Scott terrorized him on set. Scott denied everything, claiming that Nicole already tried to bring up said allegations back in 2012 and 2013, and that Nicole “seduced” him when she turned 18.
Despite the denials, Nicole filed a police report a month later against Scott. Yesterday, Nicole met with the L.A. County Deputy D.A. who was reviewing the case. According to TMZ’s sources, the D.A. found Nicole’s allegations “credible,” and that the case was “potentially prosecutable.” But the statute of limitations complicates the whole matter. Currently, there is no statute of limitations if an adult sexually assaults a minor. However, back in the 80s when the alleged assaults occurred, the statute of limitations was 3 years. The statute of limitations ran out before the law was changed.
Nicole released a statement to TMZ regarding the D.A.’s decision.
“I 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 Baio’s that may come forward and to warn parents who might unknowingly allow their children to be alone with this molester. I could no longer keep up the lie he conditioned me into and felt it a Mother’s responsibility to put the truth out there.”
Scott had no comment for TMZ. But he did speak to The Blast, and he’s happy with the decision:
Baio tells The Blast he is “Grateful to both the LAPD and the District Attorney’s office for their thoughtful investigation.” We’re told the former Charles in Charge star “looks forward to being vindicated based on the facts,” but vows that “Nicole Eggert will be held accountable for her untrue and defamatory claims” that have been directed against Baio and his family.
Even though it sort of sounds like that D.A. was on Nicole’s side, she didn’t escape this situation with Scott completely unscathed. TMZ says that Nicole has been slapped with a restraining order by one of Scott’s fans. A woman named Kimberly Jorges claims that Nicole began harassing her online after she defended Scott against Nicole’s allegations of sexual assault. Kimberly also accuses Nicole of tweeting the name of her employer to Nicole’s 70,000 followers and urging them to call and make complaints. A judge approved Kimberly’s restraining order.
Except that’s not Nicole’s side of the story. Nicole tells TMZ that Kimberly is a paid troll hired by Scottand his wife, who has allegedly stalked Nicole’s supporters in real life and tried to have them fired from their jobs. Nicole also claims that Kimberly has admitted to harassing her.
Oh are u talking about Kimberly Jorges? Good bcz now she has to leave me and my supporters alone! pic.twitter.com/6rBtmlhu3e
— Nicole Eggert (@NicoleEggert) May 24, 2018
What’s shocking is the existence of this Kimberly person. I always lived by the mantra: “You couldn’t pay me to be a Scott Baio fan.” But as it turns out, it looks like he might have found that one person who could.