Scott Baio adamantly denied abusing Nicole Eggert when she was underage as he discussed the allegations on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America”.
Baio, 57, insisted the “false” claims have to stop for the sake of his wife and 10-year-old daughter, whom he says was questioned about the allegations at school.
The actor, who starred alongside Eggert, 46, on the 1980s sitcom “Charles in Charge”, had his say a day after the actress appeared on “Megyn Kelly TODAY” to claim the alleged “groping and fondling” began when she was 14.
She also took to Twitter to post on Saturday: “Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep.”
However, Baio hit back on “GMA”: “I have no idea what that means, you can’t keep making up different things.”
He also claimed any possible molestation was “impossible” because of the amount of people, including teachers, parents, cast and crew, who were on set at all times.
Host Amy Robach questioned Baio about why two people on the show would mention they’d seen the pair “inappropriately cuddling,” to which he replied: “I don’t know what they’re saying. I have no idea. I don’t know why they’re saying it. I don’t — there were so many people on that set.”
He added of the one time he’d had sex with Eggert once she turned 18: “Nobody said anything until — and by the way, Nicole and I were friends after our only sexual encounter where she, she aggressively sought me out because she wanted me to be her first so that she would be good for her boyfriend, those are her words.”
Eggert had previously spoken to Nik Richie during a radio interview for The Dirty, with the host, who shares the same manager as her, releasing a statement to say how upset she was after the chat.
“Off-air she was an emotional wreck,” he explained on the website. “She told me it was much worse than she described on-air. She said, ‘He molested me as a child and I didn’t know any better.’ I can vividly remember that statement. It’s not one you would forget.”
The interview saw Eggert admit that she did want to lose her virginity to Baio, but also claimed that was the final moment she realized she didn’t have to keep what had happened a secret any longer.