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Why FBI May Have Seized Copperfield's Stuff

10/23/2007 5:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Copperfield is under the FBI microscope, and now TMZ may know why.

Last week, the FBI raided Copperfield's Las Vegas warehouse and seized digital camera equipment and a hard drive to a computer -- this, after a Seattle woman accused Copperfield of sexually assaulting her in the Bahamas.

Sources now tell TMZ Copperfield designed part of his show around "a system for picking up women." During his show, David goes into the audience and chooses women to come on stage. We're told that if David likes a girl, he'll use code words with assistants like "mama" and "secrecy." The assistants mark the women on a map of the inside of the Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand. After the show, the women are brought backstage -- and that's where the profiling begins.

The women are told that David may use them in his show when he comes to their hometown. They are then photographed with a digital camera, asked questions like, "What is your favorite men's cologne?" and "Where do you like to vacation?" We're told one of those vacation spots mentioned by staff is the Bahamas, where the accuser claims she was assaulted. Copperfield owns a cluster of islands in the Bahamas -- which he bought for $50 million.

This may explain the FBI's interest in David's camera system and hard drive. If the accuser is a woman who was brought on stage, the FBI would be interested in a possible M.O.

Copperfield's attorney re-issued his earlier statement in response to this story: "It is important these allegations be put into perspective. An unidentified woman has made serious allegations against David Copperfield. Although authorities have not revealed her identity to us, we know these allegations are false because David Copperfield has never forced himself on anyone."

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61.

Hmmmmmm    

He always bothered me with that "Grecian Formula" dyed black hair and those bushes above his eyes.....bet Claudia Schiffer is glad to be rid of this creepy thing.

2494 days ago
62.

tim    

She was performing more tricks tham him.

2494 days ago
63.

Kani    

#51, if this happened to you, why are you posting it here instead of notifying the authorities who are investigating the alledged incident?

2494 days ago
64.

Lee    

come on!
David's just useing his talent (magic) to pick up good looking chicks.
Any of you guys out there wouldn't use your talent or position to hook-up?
Thot not!

2494 days ago
65.

T-Fed    

Did he think since he owned these islands that he could make his own laws?? I wonder what other things went on there...

2494 days ago
66.

SinCity    

I would be very interested in what the FBI does with the infor. and material they've collected on him. Possible M.O. is one of the 1st things I thought of while reading this. If he is found guilty, I wonder if he'll be able to pull off his most amazing stunt yet --- to permanently vanish from the authorities. Of maybe a fake suicide with a decaying double.

I'd give him 50/50 right now on whether he did it or not, but profilers have found that rapists, not only come in all types, but some are elaborate in their planning. He has either left himself foolishly wide-open for false claims, or he knows how to create reasonable doubt if it goes to trial...working in his favor.

2494 days ago
67.

queenmercury    

Sorry, I don't think that the Feds should be able to raidyour space, jack your $$$$$$$ and NOT even have to tell you who is accusing you. Sure, investigate the charges - but let him know who is accusing him of what. It's so easy to screw someone's life up just by claiming assault.

2494 days ago
68.

Leo in LA    

Why is the FBI wasting time on this. This woman never called the police, never went to see a doctor, when "it happened". There isn't one piece of proof anything happened. Its just another he said she said. Yet they drop everything to raid his property, and take his money he has stored there, why? Why isn't the FBI chasing terrorist instead of celebrities. I think some section cheif decided this was a good excuse to be nosy about David Copperfield or its a smoke screen to divert attention away from another failed trial of terrorist and their supporters.

2494 days ago
69.

Leo in LA    

Why is the FBI wasting time on this. This woman never called the police, never went to see a doctor, when "it happened". There isn't one piece of proof anything happened. Its just another he said she said. Yet they drop everything to raid his property, and take his money he has stored there, why? Why isn't the FBI chasing terrorist instead of celebrities. I think some section cheif decided this was a good excuse to be nosy about David Copperfield or its a smoke screen to divert attention away from another failed trial of
terrorist and their supporters.

2494 days ago
70.

Dave    

If we've learned anything from the Duke Lacrosse team false rape allegations is that, for some reason, some people seek attention by filing false allegations against celebrities of all levels. People are even jailed on these charges for decades before they are cleared by DNA evidence of the charges.

If this woman was raped, why did she wait until she returned to the USA before filing charges? Why didn't she report the attack to the authorities in the Bahamas?

But then again it seems that our legal system based on "guilty in the media until proven innocent in the courts" is so much more fun for those people not directly involved.

The nice thing is that everyone apologised to those people after their reputation is tarnished.

2494 days ago
71.

empress    

Most of you who live comments on this topic are idiots , Just because a man is rich and handsome and has women falling over them doesn't mean he is not a rapist or pervert.(even some husband has been known to rape their wives)
Often times, men who rape women can actually get a women to have sex with them without fuss , but something as in most cases with rapists is mentally and emotionally out of balance with them, and some how they derive weired pleasure from forcing themselves on women.Most rapists are hard to cure, they are usually repeat offenders.Its got nothing to do with money, looks or desperation.
chances are he is guilty and if he truly is, he should fry.

2494 days ago
72.

Anne Frank    

I have no special interest in David Copperfield. However, I think that this guy is getting a raw deal. There has been NO credible evidence made public that Copperfield did ANYTHING. We should all wait. Maybe he did something. However, maybe is the victim of a 100 per cent false allegation.

2494 days ago
73.

grossed out    

#64 yes, but I know someone that knows him and says he's a gentleman. He doesn't have the characteristics of a rapist. I personally think that he is so busy and the way to meet women are from his shows so he has his assistants introduce them to him backstage. Rockstars do this all the time. I really think she is scorned because something sounds quite fishy. I don't think based on what I heard about his character he would force himself on someone. This woman might be a questionable person.

2494 days ago
74.

Banc    

I went to see his show with my niece a few years ago, truly amazing. BUT, the next day I told all my friends that D.Copperfield was so smarmy and gross and acted like a dirty old man. He actually sickened me. This is NOT A SURPRISE!

2494 days ago
75.

SinCity    

"He doesn't have the characteristics of a rapist." There is no one prototype of a rapist. Authorities have often put rapists in different categories, that specialists, such as profilers, distinguish even further. However, the personality for a rapist runs the gamut.

Ted Bundy for ex, for as heinous as he was as both as a rapist and murderer, was commonly described by friends and co-workers, who had known him for yrs., as a gentleman who could not possibly have committed those crimes. Some of the women who were lucky enough to get away from Bundy even described him as a gentleman and the polite boy-next door type. Bundy also volunteered when he was younger for a crisis hotline to help console people....little did they know who they were speaking to.

The investigators believe that one of the reasons Bundy was so successful at luring his victims into areas where he could control them was because of his sweet and polite persona....along at times, with the sympathy game he would play wearing fake casts.

Whether Copperfield did actually rape this woman or not, I hope the investigation will give them the answers they need. However, I will also give the FBI the benefit of the doubt that either they could be on a wild-goose chase, or they are acting on what they believe is enough cause to investigate Copperfield.

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