'Mythbusters' Host Adam Savage's Sister Accuses Him of Sexually Abusing Her as Child

'Mythbusters' Adam Savage responds to rape allegations made by his younger sister who filed a lawsuit against the television host.

Gabrielle Bernardini - Author

Jul. 1 2020, Updated 3:41 p.m. ET

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Mythbusters host Adam Savage has been accused of "repeatedly" sexually assaulting his younger sister, Miranda Savage Pacchiana. In court documents obtained by E! News, the alleged abuse started when she was just seven years old and he was nine. 

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"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 reportedly states. "[Miranda] was horrified and traumatized by the sexual abuse and assault that her older brother inflicted upon her." 

The court documents allegedly state that the reality host would "prevent [Miranda] from leaving her bed and would anally rape her." She is filing the lawsuit now to "recover for the emotional and physical suffering she incurred and to make sure that no other child is forced to suffer the abuse and physical and mental trauma she felt and continues to feel." 

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'Mythbusters' host Adam Savage responds to rape allegations made by his sister.

According to Variety, Miranda wrote about being abused as a kid in a blog post. "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," she wrote 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.”  

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After Miranda filed the suit against her brother seeking damages for the abuse under the New York Child Victims Act, the television host responded to the assault 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 that will listen," he told E! News in a statement.  

He continued, "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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 The siblings' mother Karen Savage also released a statement to the outlet, defending her son. "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."  

If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online with a support specialist at any time. 

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