Right-Wing darling Scott Baio and Casino mogul Steve Wynn have tarred Republicans with the Hollywood sex scandal. Fox News made hay out of the scandal when it involved Democratic contributor Harvey Weinstein. Now the network has gone radio silent.
Weinstein was a big-bucks Democratic supporter of Hillary Clinton and other elected officials, until he was exposed as a serial sexual abuser and harasser.
Wynn was an even bigger donor to Republicans. He also served as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.
He was forced to resign in disgrace this past week in the wake of dozens of complaints about sexual abuse and harassment.
Baio, on the other hand, was one of Trump’s biggest Hollywood cheerleaders. But actress Nicole Eggert charges that Baio sexually abused her for years, starting when she was just 14-years-old.
At the time, she was co-starring with Baio, then 25, on the show “Charles in Charge.” The abuse started in 1986, she said.
She first revealed her experience Friday on Twitter.
She appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show today to discuss the allegations and dispute Baio’s claims that the sex was consensual and only occurred after she turned 18. (see below)
She tearfully explained: “He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. And then he started expressing his love for me. And talking about marriage in the future. And then I was still 14, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house in his car in his garage. And he reached over and he penetrated me with his finger. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started after that.”
Eggert said she remained silent for years to protect others on show’s set. She also said she was ashamed.
“I had never experienced anything like that before either, so he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones and all of those things,’ the 46-year-old actress said.
Baio gave an impassioned speech for Trump at the Republican National Convention last July and has appeared regularly on Fox News, defending the president and slamming “liberal Hollywood.”
Wynn played an even greater role in the Party.
He led the RNC’s fundraising efforts for Trump and helped the GOP rake in more than $130 million, according to Time magazine.
The conservative Wall Street Journal blew Wynn out of the water with a damning expose this past Friday. A number of women said they were harassed or assaulted by Wynn, the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts going back decades.
Wynn denied the charges, but The Journal discovered that he’d paid a manicurist $7.5 million to settle sex harassment allegations.
Now, Republicans are caught in the same ethical dilemma and several have already started returning campaign contributions or donating then to charity.
The Republican Governors Association gave back $100,000 from Wynn’s company and cancelled its 2020 Conference at one of Wynn’s casinos. “These are serious allegations,” the group said in a prepared statement yesterday.
Meanwhile, Fox News and other right-wing propaganda outlets have gone radio silent on the scandal.
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called out the GOP during a Monday appearance on “The View.”
“The near silence is deafening coming from the Republicans,” she said. “I really believe this should not be about any one party, it should not be partisan. This kind of behavior is not okay, it is not acceptable.”
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