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Sig Hansen's estranged daughter claims her famous father went to extremes to hide her sex abuse allegations against him from fans.
According to Washington court documents exclusively obtained by RadarOnline.com, Melissa Eckstrom, a 28-year-old lawyer, says the Deadliest Catch star, 50, and his attorneys "threatened and intimidated" her as she filed a lawsuit with the shocking molestation accusations.
"Since pursing this matter, I have been threatened and intimidated by my father through his lawyers," she wrote in a November 2016 filing. "I also believe that I have been followed in the proximity of my home. My father's lawyers have threatened not only me, but also other members of my family if we reveal the truth."
In another document related to the contentious case, Hansen's team did "everything in their power to make the truth go away" — including threats of "millions of dollars worth of damages."
Eckstrom's attorneys brushed the alleged threats off as "a poorly contrived attempt at intimidation."
"Mr. Hansen's attempts at intimidation, and his lawyers' ineffective bullying, is garnered by a fear that if the public hears the truth, his cable television show, the Deadliest Catch, and his already poorly attended speaking engagements, will be taken off the air or no longer watched or attended," the documents state. "The truth is that Mr. Hansen molested his daughter, Ms. Eckstrom, and now, a licensed attorney, she is fighting back."
As Radar previously reported, Eckstrom provided police reports and medical evaluations to the court claiming she was sexually abused by her own father at age 2 amid her parents' nasty divorce.
"I heard Melissa say she needed a Band-Aid for her butt," her grandmother Jean wrote in one police statement. "She told me 'Daddy has a weenie on his tummy. Daddy hurt my butt right here.'"
Hansen has denied all accusations against him in the case, which is currently at a standstill as a court of appeals makes a ruling regarding an upcoming trial.
"I'm a pretty plain-spoken guy, and to me, this is nothing more than a shakedown," he said in a statement to Radar. "The allegations are completely false, rehashed lies my ex-wife Lisa Eckstrom used nearly 30 years ago to take away my daughter, and has continued to try to use to extort money from me."
"The fact is, decades ago I was exonerated of these allegations after a full court trial. My ex-wife Lisa took me – and worst of all, my parents – to court for this back in 1990, making these baseless claims. We were fully exonerated after a prosecuting attorney, a judge, court-appointed experts, a guardian ad litem and team of other child experts all agreed that these claims were pure fiction. I cooperated 100 percent, including taking a polygraph test that also confirmed my innocence."
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