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Hey Copperfield! Watch Us Pull a Lawsuit Out of Our Hat!

11/7/2007 10:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Two promoters have filed suit against magician David Copperfield and his company for canceling 48 scheduled performances.

The breach-of-contract suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Viva Art International Ltd. and Maz Concerts Inc. They say they fronted the illusionist roughly $2.2 million to cover his costs before he canceled the shows.

The lawsuit claims Copperfield backed out of the deal because he didn't want to face the press after he was accused of sexually assaulting a Seattle woman.

The 21-year-old woman claims Copperfield raped her last July in the Bahamas. An attorney for the magician has denied those allegations, and no charges have been filed.

As TMZ first reported, Copperfield's attorney claimed the canceled shows were as a result of a contract dispute with the promoters, and not because of the criminal investigation.

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