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Television personality Adam Savage has been accused in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting his younger sister when they were both children.
Savage’s younger sister, Miranda Savage Pacchiana, filed a lawsuit alleging that her brother began “repeatedly” raping her in 1976, when he was 9 years old and she was 7, according to court documents obtained by E! News. The suit, filed under the New York Child Victims Act, alleges that Savage caused her “serious and several psychological injuries and emotional distress, mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation” by routinely sexually abusing her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him and also forcing oral sex onto her. She also alleged that he would “prevent [her] from leaving her bed” and anally rape her, according to the outlet.
Savage Pacchiana claimed that her brother referred to himself as “the raping blob” back then and pretended that the abuse was a game among siblings. The abuse lasted until 1979, when she was 10 years old and her brother was 12, Savage Pacchiana claimed in her suit. She is asking for unspecified damages.
Savage Pacchiana also addressed the alleged abuse in a statement on her blog, writing that the abuse had a hugely detrimental effect on her as a child, Variety reports.
“As a child, this experience shook my sense of safety and crushed my self-confidence. For decades afterward, I dealt with periods of depression and near-constant anxiety,” her post reads.
In another post, Savage Pacchiana, who is a social worker, claimed that coming forward about the alleged abuse led her to “end up losing [her] family,” who she said were content to brush away her claims.
Savage, 52, vehemently denied his sister’s claims in a statement obtained by E! News and suggested that she may be motivated by money.
“While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end. For many years, she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone who will listen,” his statement reads. “By spreading numerous untrue stories about us in pursuit of a financial bonanza, she has tortured our entire family and estranged herself from all of us.”
“I will fight this groundless and offensive lawsuit and work to put this to rest once and for all,” he continued.
Savage also has the support of their mother, Karen Savage, who stood by her son in her own statement obtained by the outlet.
“It makes me very sad to say this, but my daughter suffers from severe mental health challenges, and it's devastating that she's putting Adam and our entire family through this. Adam is a good man, and I support him completely,” her statement reads.
In response, Savage Pacchiana’s lawyer, Jordan Merson, told the New York Post that Karen Savage’s statements constituted a “possible HIPAA violation.”
“The source of any mental health issues is clear and we appreciate defendant’s mother for confirming the significant damages in this case,” he continued. “Although her mother apparently does not, we proudly support Ms. Pacchiana and all child sex abuse survivors who come forward.”
Adam Savage is known by many as the co-host of the Discovery Channel series “Mythbusters,” which ran for 17 seasons between 2003 and 2016. The show was picked up in 2017 by its current home, the Science Channel.
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