Discovery Channel is standing by Sig Hansen of “Deadliest Catch” after the Alaskan crab boat captain’s estranged daughter accused him of sexual abuse as a toddler.
“A court reviewed the facts 25 years ago and found there was no merit to the allegations,” a rep for the show told Fox News. “Out of respect for the family and all those involved, we will refrain from commenting any further. This does not impact the show.”
Hansen’s daughter, Melissa Eckstrom, now a 28-year-old family law attorney in Seattle, contends in a lawsuit that she battled depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and other trauma. She also claims that she still harbors memories of her father’s abuse of her as a 2-year-old in 1990.
Hansen has reportedly denied the allegations and called the lawsuit “completely frivolous.”
The case now hangs in legal limbo while the state Court of Appeals decides whether a King County judge’s ruling that would allow it to go to trial is legally sound. The appeals court’s decision could shape legal precedent in Washington for determining whether victims of alleged childhood sex abuse can pursue claims as adults, even though such abuse allegations have been adjudicated in prior civil proceedings.