On August 2, 2018 Scott Baio appeared at a press conference to end Nicole Eggert’s harassment of him, his wife, and his friends after the Los Angeles District Attorney declined all charges in Eggert’s police report. Despite this, Eggert was soliciting media attention and using social media to make wild and provably false claims about Scott Baio.
The press conference statement was intended to provide never before shared information about the investigation conducted by LAPD and Scott Baio’s Legal and Investigations team.
Please start by reading the full transcript of the prepared statement:
Press Conference Remarks:
My name is Brian Glicklich, thank you for taking the time to come out this morning. With me is Jennifer McGrath, Scott’s civil attorney.
Even after the Los Angeles District Attorney declined prosecution on Nicole Eggert’s claims that Scott Baio sexually molested her, Eggert continues to call Baio a rapist, predator, child molester and worse almost daily. She attacks Renee Baio, the Baio’s child, and the foundation which the Baio’s developed for children with an often-terminal disorder. She mocked the loss of Renee and Scott Baio’s unborn child. She published the identity, home phone and employer of a private person on twitter who happened to be critical of her and urged people to contact her employer to harass her. This woman obtained a temporary restraining order against Eggert. Despite this, Eggert has turned to members of the “Anonymous” collective of hackers and their associates to help her attack anyone who opposes her, and publish nonpublic address and family information, including my own. It’s time to have an open communication about this.
To put an end to any uncertainty about who is truthful, over the last couple of weeks Scott Baio has taken five polygraph tests from two different examiners and passed all five of them. The questions he was tested for are
1. Did you have any kind of sexual contact with Nicole Eggert before she turned 18 years old?
2. Did you put your fingers in Nicole Eggert’s vagina before she was 18 years old?
3. Have you ever threatened Nicole Eggert that she needed to keep your (alleged) sexual contact with her a secret?
4. Have you ever exposed your genitals to Alexander Polinsky?
He tested as being truthful when he answered “no” to each of these questions. Again, five separate tests, two different examiners. Their credentials are impeccable and will be provided to you in a handout. This eliminates any remaining doubt that Nicole Eggert’s claims about Scott Baio were untruthful.
During the course of the DA’s investigation, we documented many inconsistencies and changes in Eggert’s claims, many of which have been previously unreported. She has changed the ages at which her purported abuse occurred multiple times. She claimed this abuse happened at Scott’s house in his garage, but Scott lived at the time in a condo with a common open parking area. She claimed he dragged her by the hair on the set… yet hundreds of people did exactly nothing about it. Dr. Oz killed an interview with Eggert when we proved her claims about underage sex to be false by showing a prior contradictory interview she gave, only to air it anyway after Megyn Kelly gave Eggert unfettered and uncritical access to her audience. Even then, she had an exchange described as a shouting match by media during a second Oz interview when they brought forth a witness who contradicted her story. They never aired that exculpatory material.
Over the course of the DA’s investigation, many witnesses to Nicole Eggert’s behavior contacted us and gave statements, which were provided to LAPD. They paint a very different picture of Nicole Eggert than she would ask you to believe. A woman who was best friends with Eggert during the filming of Charles in Charge told us that Eggert was obsessed with Baio, who was then one of Hollywood’s best known bachelors, and Eggert and her friends frequently went looking for Baio all over Hollywood, unbeknownst to Scott. This friend, who named specific times and locations, described their behavior, and I am quoting here, as “borderline stalking.”
Another witness who knew Eggert during those years heard her talk often about Baio and her interest in him. In fact, when that other woman, who was then 16, professed to 17-year-old Eggert her romantic interest in Baio, Eggert said, and I am quoting her statement, “Well, if he wouldn’t hook up with me, he sure wouldn’t hook up with you. There is no way he is going to hook up with a 16-year-old. And you wouldn’t get in anyway, because he always has a girlfriend around.” I’d remind you that this was several years after Eggert claimed Baio began illicitly molesting her.
We have many other statements that support this same information. Since Nicole Eggert has already harassed even private fans of Scott who criticize her, we are withholding the identities of these witnesses for their own protection. All of these statements are in the hands of police and were part of their investigation.
As a reminder, Eggert made a similar claim about a decade ago, when she had DJ Lethal arrested in Los Angeles for a physical assault she purported to have occurred on a trip to Mexico, and for which he was tried and found not guilty. We have a witness who was friends with Eggert at the time who said that Eggert told her that her original intention in bringing charges was to secure payment from DJ Lethal in exchange for her dropping the charges, but that he wouldn’t pay, and that is why it went to trial. The judge said, at the time of finding DJ Lethal innocent, that Eggert’s stories changed so much and often as to render her not credible.
Skipping forward to last Fall, in the wake of Ronan Farrow’s and other major news stories about the first “me, too” claims, one of our witnesses reports that Nicole Eggert approached multiple former cast members and told them that she was going to, quote, “get Scott Baio.” She implored them to support her story regardless of their own recollections. Only Alexander Polinsky did so among the major cast, and his claim was debunked both by a witness statement and by the polygraph. Josie Davis then refuted Eggert’s publication of fake text messages she claimed were from Davis and made a public statement in support of Scott, demanding that Eggert stop making the false claim about her.
I have a handout for you today. It is a narrative detailing all of Eggert’s story changes and inconsistencies since she first made her false claim, as well as more information on witness statements we supplied to LAPD and the DA. Please look it over. It’s a comprehensive narrative of a story that falls apart over and over.
Aside from asking your help in making sure this story is fully and fairly reported, we have a couple of other purposes in speaking today. First, we want to emphasize that Eggert’s actions should not be interpreted as influencing the credibility of anyone’s claim except hers. Most victims of assaults suffer profoundly emotionally for years or decades with their secret pain, and we should all do everything we can to help them tell their stories and find the assistance they need. The Baios are parents of a daughter, and like every parent, they want her to grow up in a world safe from unwanted sexual behavior, abuse, or assault.
Beyond that, there are serious gaps in legal resources for private citizens targeted by online stalking and harassment. Scott has the advantage of being able to call a press conference… most people can’t. Even with that, criminal law is behind the times in finding solutions to this. Nicole Eggert has invested herself in harming the reputation of the Baios, and those who have helped them, and despite an open police investigation into her conduct, law enforcement is limited in their resources to help. Civil litigation does not work in so many of these cases, because it takes years, is wildly expensive, and many defendants, like Eggert, are effectively judgment proof through lack of assets. Translate this situation to a child being anonymously bullied at school, or an adult being stalked with anonymous and false allegations, and it’s easy to see that we need new tools to better defend those targeted by dishonesty and malevolence online. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of teenagers, and it is often connected to social media harassment that is ineffectively managed. Scott’s thoughts have turned to the need to better protect children repeatedly in recent weeks, and he is looking for ways to lend his voice on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.
To wrap up, despite five polygraphs showing Scott Baio’s truthfulness, despite a long list of inconsistencies in Nicole Eggert’s stories, despite multiple witness statements that undermine her story over and over again… Nicole Eggert wont stop. Last night, after learning of this event, she started claiming that she was going to release what she alternately called police files and a police report. We doubt that. For months, she has been saying she had 12 actual witnesses to her sexual assault, and has never produced a single piece of evidence that corroborates that. If she does decide to release anything, we hope you will be diligent in reporting what she actually gives you, rather than what she claims it to be.
We’re ready to take questions now, for Scott, for attorney Jennifer McGrath, or for myself. Thank you for being here.