(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio and his former Charles in Charge co-star Nicole Eggert have both weighed in after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office rejected her sexual molestation claims against him.
The L.A. County D.A. ruled on Tuesday that the statute of limitations had expired on any allegations made that may have been actionable.
Eggert, now 46, filed a police report in February, alleging that Baio "sexually assaulted her in various ways between the ages of 14 and 17," while she was working with him on the 1980s sitcom.
In a statement released via his spokesperson on Wednesday, Baio, 57, claims Eggert “dedicated herself to destroying my reputation and harming my family, and she has failed.”
Baio further insists that Eggert’s “false” charges “were conceived in advance for personal gain,” adding, “We also presented multiple witness statements who knew Eggert well at the time the show was made, and presented an entirely different portrait of her behavior and motivations for her false charges against me."
“Unlike Nicole Eggert, most claims of sexual assault and harassment are honest, and my heart goes out to those who have been harmed,” he continues. “As bad as Nicole Eggert’s actions against me were, she has hurt them even more if they are doubted for even one moment because of her untrue allegations...I will do my best to support them.”
Earlier, Eggert’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, issued a statement in response to the L.A. County D.A.’s decision stating, “I am proud to represent Nicole Eggert as she has spoken out and inspired others. We have been told that while the DA found Nicole and her witnesses to be credible, they could not prosecute due to the statute of limitations.”
Bloom also suggested the statute of limitations be abolished for child sexual abuse.
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