Scott Baio “is denying each and every one of the allegations” made against him by two of his former co-stars on “Charles in Charge,” his spokesman said Wednesday. Actor Alexander Polinsky said at a news conference earlier in the day that Baio assaulted and “mentally tortured” him when he was a child star on the show in the 1980s. He said Baio exposed himself, discussed gay sex acts and once threw a hot cup of tea in his face. Another star of the series, Nicole Eggert, came forward last month with claims Baio sexually assaulted her when she was a minor while they were working together.
Daley, Black announce impending fatherhood: British diver Tom Daley and screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black announced Wednesday they are to become parents. The couple is pictured in an Instagram photo holding a picture from a baby scan. Daley, 23, and Black, 43, announced their engagement in 2015 with an announcement in the Times of London and wed last year.
Metallica, Afghan ensemble win Sweden’s Polar Music Prize: American heavy metal band Metallica and Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music have won the 2018 Polar Music Prizes, a Swedish award for significant achievements in music. The award panel said Metallica had “through virtuoso ensemble playing and its use of extremely accelerated tempos” taken rock music “to places it had never been before.”
Rick Steves pushes for legal pot at Princeton: Travel writer Rick Steves’ most recent trip Wednesday happened far from Europe and was focused on helping people in New Jersey get high. The public TV host came to Princeton as part of a regional tour to advocate for legalizing and regulating marijuana. Steves said adults in New Jersey deserve the “civil liberty” of enjoying marijuana use.
Katherine McPhee joining ‘Waitress’ on Broadway: Katharine McPhee has already played someone who stars in a Broadway show. Now she’s really going to do it herself. The 33-year-old singer-actress, who can be seen in the CBS drama “Scorpion,” said she is stepping into the hit musical “Waitress,” marking the Broadway debut for the former cast member of NBC’s “Smash.” She starts April 10 and stars through June 17.
— Associated Press