Adam Savage has denied a claim from his sister that he raped her when they were younger.
Adam Savage has denied a claim from his sister that he raped her when they were younger.

Mythbusters star denies sister rape claim

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Former Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage allegedly sexually abused his younger sister for years while calling himself the "raping blob" during the late 1970s, the woman claims in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Miranda Pacchiana, 51, claims the abuse happened when she was between seven and 10 years old when the siblings lived in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

"Beginning in or about 1976 and continuing until approximately 1979, Adam Savage, would repeatedly rape Miranda Pacchiana and force oral sex upon her, and forced Miranda to perform oral sex on him, along with other forms of sexual abuse," says her lawsuit, filed in Westchester Supreme Court.

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage on stage.
Mythbusters’ Adam Savage on stage.

The suit says Savage, who was between nine and 12 years old at the time, would prevent Pacchiana from leaving the bed and anally rape her.

He allegedly nicknamed himself the "raping blob" while masking the abuse as a game, according to the complaint.

The 52-year-old special effects whiz is best known as the former co-host of Mythbusters, a Discovery Channel series that tests the validity of popular myths and legends.

Pacchiana is a social worker who blogged about losing her family after coming forward about the alleged sexual abuse.

"When I first disclosed to my family that my brother had abused me as a child, I thought my whole world would change," she wrote. "I assumed my family members would share my desire to examine what had gone wrong in our home and pursue a path toward healing together. I was sadly mistaken.

"In fact, their behaviours left me feeling as though the abuse didn't really matter," she said. "Yes, they believed me - but my family members still seemed determined to brush my trauma under the rug. Over time, I came to realise they viewed me as the problem for focusing on the abuse. Not the brother who had abused me."

Mythbusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.
Mythbusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.

Pacchiana filed her lawsuit under the New York Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year look-back period for victims to bring claims that had already exceeded the statute of limitations. In May, the original deadline, which was set in August, was extended by five months due to coronavirus.

"The prolific abuse by Mr Savage as alleged in the Complaint has caused irreparable damage to my client that she will live with for the rest of her life," Pacchiana's lawyer Jordan Merson said in a statement. "Today is the first step in the direction of healing and justice."

Savage denied his sister's allegations in a statement through his lawyer Andrew Brettler.

"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," Savage said. "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."

 

 

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission

 

Originally published as Mythbusters star denies sister rape claim


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