Actor Scott Baio claims that Nancy Mack, the wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, assaulted him during an elementary school function on Saturday, December 10. Mack allegedly cursed at Baio over his support for Donald Trump. Mack hasn’t been arrested.
Mack is Smith‘s second wife and the two share three young children. He also has two children from previous relationships and was married to Maria St. John from 1996 to 1997. Mack is also famous for his friendly rivalry with actor Will Ferrell, since they look remarkably alike.
Here’s a look at what we know about the incident between Baio and Mack, and her life.
1. Baio Claims Mack Yelled ‘Grab ‘Em by the Pussy’ at Him During an Elementary School Function
Although the alleged incident happened on December 10, it wasn’t until December 15 that TMZ reported that Baio filed a police report.
During an elementary school function with his daughter in Thousand Oaks, California, Baio claims that Mack confronted him over his support for Trump. TMZ’s law enforcement sources say that Baio told police he asked her to be quiet because of children. He claims she refused to stop, instead asking him repeatedly how he could support someone who said “Grab ’em by the pussy.” Baio told police that Mack even yelled the phrase at him.
According to Baio, Mack kept yelling the phrase so everyone at the event could hear it. The actor claims that Mack then started pushing him and grabbing him, TMZ reports.
People linked to Mack told TMZ that she only wanted to show Baio how Trump hugs women, based on the president-elect’s comments. She denied getting physical.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, but Mack has not been arrested.
TMZ later reported that other parents at the private school where the alleged incident happened are angry with Mack and filed complaints to the school administration, asking that she be banned from future events.
“Our highest priority is the safety and privacy of our children and their families,” a school official told TMZ, without explaining what action the school might take.
TMZ adds that the alleged incident happened during a school play where children say “Merry Christmas” in multiple languages.
2. Renee Baio Claims She Has Video of the Incident & Says Mack Pointed Her Finger Right Into Her Child’s Face
After TMZ published the story, Baio’s wife Renee took to Twitter to complain about how they reported on it. “Hey @HarveyLevinTMZ @TMZ How many times did U call @ScottBaio yesterday 2speak knowing DA told him not 2 w/pen case,” she wrote.
Renee Baio wrote on Twitter that Mack yelled at their nine-year-old daughter, “asking if SHE WANTS SOMEONE 2 GRAB HER PUSSY.” In another tweet, Renee claims to have video of the incident and says that Mack’s sons told her that they are “used to her vile behavior.”
She also posted a photo of Mack, adding, “Hey @HarveyLevinTMZ @TMZ does this look like a sane mother/lady 2 you?”
“I’m not sure why me, my husband or child is getting bashed. Scott & BB were the victims.I was a witness. Hard to stand back & do nothing,” Renee wrote in her most recent tweet.
TMZ reports that the image of Mack Renee shared was a screenshot from the video of the alleged incident. She still has not shared the video.
As for Baio, he has acknowledged the alleged incident on Twitter by retweeting his wife’s posts.
Renee has also retweeted messages from a woman named Barbara Mack, who claims to be Mack’s sister. Barbara Mack writes that she is not surprised by her sister’s behavior and suggested that they press charges. However, it’s worth noting that before this incident, this Twitter page hadn’t sent out messages since January 2015 and all of those messages were spam links.
3. Mack Made Her Anti-Trump Stance Clear on Her Twitter Account
Mack’s Twitter account, which she has since deleted due to the controversy, made it clear that she is not a Trump supporter. “I pretty much don’t feel like speaking to any white working class American men right now….#youfuckedusall,” she wrote the day after Trump was elected president.
“The only people I know voting for Trump are white men. #ImWitHer,” she wrote the day before the election.
4. Smith Went to Washington to Lobby for Music Education Funding in Public Schools
Smith has also dabbled in politics as an advocate for music education in public schools. In March 2013, he went to Washington DC on behalf of the National Association of Music Merchants.
“Right now, [music education] is in jeopardy, and they have the power to change it and do something good here for everybody and every kid,” Smith told Rolling Stone in 2013. “If I didn’t have music education in school, I probably would have ended up in jail or dead. And instead I ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Smith also performed at a White House talent show organized by Michelle Obama in May 2014, Rolling Stone reports.
“I didn’t give a shit about science, math or English when I was in school and music was the only reason I wanted to go,” Smith said in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview. “It got me interested in other subjects and I would’ve never graduated without it. If kids can connect with some sort of art in some way, it will enrich their lives in ways they probably can’t fully comprehend at the time.”
5. Mack & Smith Have Three Sons & Smith Has 3 Children With Other Women
Mack and Smith share three sons, Cole, Beckett and Dashied. Smith also has three other children, Manon, Justin and Ava, from other relationships. Smith was previously married to Maria St. John from 1996 to 1997 and she is Manon’s mother.
The year before he married Mack in 2004, Smith told The Guardian that he had struggled to stay in long-term relationships. “I’m the dumper. I fall in love easily, but… I get restless. I’ll figure it out one day. Can we talk about something else?”
Obviously, his relationship with Mack is much different, since they’ve been married for 12 years.
Smith also looks remarkably similar to Will Ferrell. In 2014, the two even appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon together, wearing the exact same clothes. They even performed “Don’t Fear the Reaper” together on the show.
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