The younger sister of former “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage alleges he sexually abused her for years. Miranda Pacchiana, 51, detailed the allegation in a lawsuit claiming she was between 7 and 10 years old when the abuse happened.
Pacchiana filed the suit at the Westchester Supreme Court in 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,” the lawsuit claims, according to New York Post.
In the complaint, Pacchiana says Savage was between 9 and 12 at the time. She accuses her brother of preventing her from leaving the bed and anally raping her.
Pacchiana blogged about the allegations on The Second Wound. She writes 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.”
She continued by saying her family viewed her as the problem. “In fact, their behaviors left me feeling as though the abuse didn’t really matter,” Pacchiana said. “Yes, they believed me — but my family members still seemed determined to brush my trauma under the rug. Over time, I came to realize they viewed me as the problem for focusing on the abuse. Not the brother who had abused me.”
Savage’s Statement Regarding the Alleged Sexual Abuse
The 52-year-old TV personality shared a regarding the allegations 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.”
Adam’s mother, Karen Savage, also came to her son’s defense. “It makes me very sad to say this, but my daughter suffers from severe mental health challenges,” Karen said. “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.”
[H/T New York Post]