Adam Savage says he will fight allegations he sexually abused his sister when the pair were children after a lawsuit was filed against the former Mythbusters co-host.
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Adam Savage has denied allegations he sexually abused his sister when the pair were children after a lawsuit was filed against the former Mythbusters co-host.
Miranda Pacchiana claims she was abused over several years and began when she was seven-years-old, when the siblings lived in New York.
Pacchiana, 51, says the “experience shook my sense of safety and crushed my self-confidence”.
“For decades afterward, I dealt with periods of depression and near-constant anxiety,” she said in a statement.
“The public needs to know that Adam Savage sexually abused me when I was a child, as set forth in the lawsuit that I have finally been able to bring after all of these years.”
Savage, 53, says the claims are false.
“While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end,” he said via his lawyer.
“For many years she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone who will listen.
“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 is a good man, and I support him completely.
The pair’s mother, Karen Savage, came to the TV host’s defence.
“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,” she said.
“Adam is a good man, and I support him completely.”
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According to the New York Post, 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”.
“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,” her lawyer Jordan Merson said in a statement.
“Today is the first step in the direction of healing and justice.”