Fans of the popular television show “Mythbusters” are in shock right now after former co-host Adam Savage was accused of repeatedly raping his younger sister while they were growing up in the 1970s.

The New York Post reported that in a lawsuit filed by Miranda Pacchiana, 51, she claimed that the abuse occurred when she was between 7 and 10 years old growing up in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She alleged that her brother even called himself the “raping blob” during his time abusing her.

“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,” stated the lawsuit, which was filed in Westchester Supreme Court.

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It goes on to add that Savage was between 9 and 12 years of age at the time and that he would prevent Pacchiana from leaving the bed while masking the abuse as a game. Savage went on to find success in the world of special effects, and he became a household name on “Mythbusters,” a Discovery Channel series that puts the validity of myths and legends to the test.

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Pacchiana is a social worker living in Newtown, Connecticut who has previously blogged about losing her family after coming forward with her allegations of 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 behaviors left me feeling as though the abuse didn’t really matter,” Pacchiana added. “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 responded to his sister’s lawsuit by denying the allegations in a statement released by his lawyer.

“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.”

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Pacchiana was able to file this lawsuit under the New York Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year look-back period for victims whose criminal claims have exceeded the statute of limitations. The original deadline of this case was in May, but this was extended five months to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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