- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Adam Savage is facing down a rape lawsuit by his sister due to the New York Child Victims Act, which gave victims a chance to come forward after the statute of limitations had expired.

The former “Mythbusters” star offered a fierce denial of Miranda Pacchiana’s claims on Tuesday and accused her of fishing for a financial windfall.

The 51-year-old’s lawsuit was filed in Westchester Supreme Court and claims that he took on the moniker “raping blob” during a childhood game that took place when Ms. Pacchiana was between ages 7 and 10 years old.

“While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end,” the 52-year-old celebrity, speaking through lawyer Andrew Brettler, said, the New York Post reported. “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.”

The lawsuit alleges multiple forms of rape between 1976 and 1979.

Ms. Pacchiana, now a social worker in Newtown, Conn., claims that her family acted as if “the abuse didn’t really matter” when she came forward.

“Yes, they believed me — but my family members still seemed determined to brush my trauma under the rug,” she said, the newspaper reported. “Over time, I came to realize they viewed me as the problem for focusing on the abuse. Not the brother who had abused me.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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