Former Mythbusters star Adam Savage is finding himself under fire after being accused of alleged sexual abuse by his younger sister Miranda Pacchiana.
In a lawsuit, Pacchiana, who is now 51, claims the abuse took place when she was between the ages of 7 and 10 years old at their New York home.
“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, obtained by Fox News, alleges. Adam was between the ages of 9 and 12 years old when the sexual abuse allegedly took place.
The lawsuit goes on to say that Adam allegedly made the abuse into a game, calling himself the “raping blob” and anally raping his sister.
Pacchiana, who is now a social worker, shared her story on her website The Second Wound.
“When I first disclosed to my family that my brother had abused me as a child, I thought my whole world would change. 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,” she wrote. “I was sadly mistaken. In fact, their behaviors left me feeling as though the abuse didn’t really matter. Yes, they believed me–but my family members still seemed determined to brush my trauma under the rug.”
She continued, “Eventually, I ended up losing my family. As sad and painful as this has been, I am proud to say that I have survived. Healing from the abuse and my family’s subsequent treatment was my priority. While I will always have scars and the abuse still affects me, I have put the pieces of my broken self back together and built a rewarding life.”
In a statement on the site, Pacchiana reveals that she hasn’t contacted her brother in over two decades.
“I last made contact with my brother, Adam Savage, over two decades ago. At the time, I called him out for his callous attitude about the abuse and his apparent disregard for the damage he had caused, but he chose not to acknowledge or show any compassion for my pain,” she added. “Not once in the ensuing years have I seen evidence that my brother cares to truly understand what he did to me. He gives me no reason to believe that he has meaningfully examined whatever compelled him to commit sexual crimes as a minor.
“But now, because of the NY Child Victims Act, I finally have the opportunity to pursue justice for the crimes my brother committed against me. While nothing can give back what Adam Savage took from me, I hope this lawsuit will also demonstrate to my fellow survivors that we do not deserve to carry the shame of sexual abuse and assault.”
According to the New York Post, Savage’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler has released a statement on behalf of his client, denying the allegations.
“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,” the statement 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.”