- Mythbusters' Adam Savage is denying claims made by his sister that he sexually assaulted her.
- Miranda Pacchiana alleges the star assaulted her "repeatedly over the course of several years," which she claims started when she was seven years old.
- "While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end," Adam said in a statement, claiming Miranda is "in pursuit of a financial bonanza".
Miranda Pacchiana, the younger sister of Mythbusters' Adam Savage, has filed a lawsuit against the star accusing him of sexual assault.
Miranda alleges the TV personality sexually assaulted her "repeatedly over the course of several years" starting when she was seven years old. He would have been nine at the time, reports Variety.
According to People in a blog post for The Second Would, a site supporting survivors of sexual assault and abuse, Miranda wrote: "As a child, this experience shook my sense of safety and crushed my self-confidence. For decades afterward, I dealt with periods of depression and near-constant anxiety.
"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."
The special effects designer denied all allegations against him, saying in a statement: "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. 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 and Miranda's mother also released a statement. "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."