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Copperfield Says He's an Extortion Victim

11/6/2007 7:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

CopperfieldDavid Copperfield's reps have just issued a statement to TMZ, claiming the documents we posted yesterday were the subject of an extortion attempt against the magician.

The document -- titled "Show Participation" -- outlines intricate steps Copperfield's assistants are required to follow in order to help David meet attractive women at his shows. The women are told about David's islands in the Bahamas and prospects for employment.

David Chesnoff, Copperfield's lawyer, issued a statement to TMZ: "Recently, Mr. Copperfield was the victim of an unsuccessful extortion attempt by a disgruntled former employee. We believe these documents are a smear campaign which is a product of that unsuccessful shakedown effort."

Chesnoff goes on, "The distorted and twisted claim that these meet and greets were designed as a dating service for Mr. Copperfield is ridiculous. In fact, thousands of audience participants were greeted in this fashion."

A Seattle woman claims she was in the audience when David met her backstage, invited her to the Bahamas and then allegedly raped her. Copperfield denies any wrongdoing. Chesnoff also told TMZ, "The innuendo that voluntary meetings with audience members has anything to do with forced, non-consensual activity is both untrue and unfair."

Check out the segment on the "Show Participation" document from last night's TMZ TV.


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hefer    

first

2358 days ago
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BabyDaddy    

You guys spelled "titled" wrong. It's "titled" not "titted."

2358 days ago
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K    

This guy is a head case......

2358 days ago
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reality bites    

Oh yeah......and as the late Johnnie Cochran said about OJ....."if it doesn't fit, you must aquit".....MOST lawyers are nothing more than a bunch of high paid "damage control" lying jerks...there are too many things that are coincidential in this Cooperfield story.....I don't buy anything his lawyer says....

2358 days ago
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K    

Um # 2...read it again...they did spell it correctly. May want to get your eyes checked.

2358 days ago
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sammy    

he's a victim of being a douche-bag. with all his money, he could've gotten top notch hookas and some great blow!

2358 days ago
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BabyDaddy    

Thank you for making that correction!

2358 days ago
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duh    

So there are actual jobs available on this exotic island? And he just likes to interview his "scorpions" without the presence of their bothersome spouses/boyfriends, etc.? Right...

2358 days ago
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K    

#6..your welcome!!!

2358 days ago
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BabyDaddy    

Ummmm....#5 .. looks like you read the article after TMZ made the correction I pointed out. So shut the F up!

2358 days ago
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K    

#9...go to hell! Do you feel better about yourself now that you have told someone off. Your village just called...they want their idiot back. Geez...such stupid people on this board!

2358 days ago
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Sharona    

People let's wait until we hear both sides of this story......I remember a few years back the media and public tried to say OJ was guilty.......come to find out he was innocent after all....boy did I feel like a dummy

2358 days ago
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Maggie    

How interesting that the extortion attempt is brought to light immediately after we find out about the icky things this man asks people to do for him. I can see it now, behind the scenes at David's house, people running around like, "Why are they judging David? Don't they know about the extortion attempt?"

2358 days ago
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yuelulu    

I can actually believe the smear campaign.

Although, i don't think his system is any different than any other.

2358 days ago
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K    

#13...OJ is guilty...he just got off. Both he and David are sick bastards!

2358 days ago
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