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'Deadliest Catch's' Sig Hansen isn't the only Discovery star to be accused of child molestation

Reality stars from the Discovery Channel keep making headlines – and not in a good way.

On Friday, news broke that the estranged daughter of “Deadliest Catch” star Sig Hansen is claiming her famous father sexually abused her when she was a toddler. She filed a lawsuit stating that she battled depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and other trauma due to the memories of her father’s abuse of her as a 2-year-old in 1990.

“I have memories … of being in a room alone with my father and crying out in pain,” Eckstrom stated in a court declaration, according to the Seattle Times.

Hansen has reportedly denied the allegations and called the lawsuit "completely frivolous."

Discovery Channel has yet to comment on the suit.


Discovery – and its sister network TLC – have had similar accusations plague a several of their reality stars.

As a result, in 2015 TLC aired a one-hour special titled “Breaking the Silence” to "shine a light on the challenging journey faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as offer useful information where people can turn for help."

The special was brought on in part because of “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar’s admission that he sexually abused several of his siblings as well as a family babysitter when he was a teen. Two of the Duggar sisters were featured in the TLC special about child sexual abuse.

Several other stars from Discovery Channel and TLC have made headlines because they were linked to child molestation claims. 


Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” was cancelled when star Will Hayden was arrested for aggravated rape of a minor, who family members identified as his daughter. Later, his older daughter and former costar claimed her father had molested her when she was younger as well. He is currently awaiting trial. 

TLC, meanwhile, shut down the shows "Cheer Perfection" and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” due to associations with child molestation claims. "Honey Boo Boo" was shut down after photos surfaced that showed star Mama June spending time with an ex-boyfriend who served time for molesting her daughter. And "Cheer Perfection” was canceled when a mom featured on the show pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct.

TLC and the Discovery Channel’s parent company, Discovery Communications, has repeatedly declined to Fox News’ requests for comment regarding their vetting process.