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David Copperfield Sued for Sexual Assault

8/19/2009 10:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman who claims David Copperfield sexually assaulted and threatened her in 2007 has just sued him.

The woman -- a 22-year-old fashion model -- alleges the assault took place while she was a guest on his private island in the Bahamas back in 2007, this according to the lawsuit obtained by The Seattle Times.

The woman claims she met David during one of his shows back in January of 2007 -- then got invited to his island in July. The suit says after watching a movie in David's room, he attacked and sexually assaulted her, threatening to kill her if she didn't go along.

The lawsuit alleges David kept at it, assaulting her two more times on the island. She reported the alleged assaults to Seattle police, who turned it over to the FBI.

Copperfield's lawyers were blunt about the suit:

"This woman, who filed the lawsuit, has a history of lying ... She has lied to law enforcement before and, as a result, had innocent people arrested based on a false accusation ... she is incapable of telling the truth.

This lawsuit is extortion for money, plain and simple. Unfortunately, false claims like this only hurt the women who really have been abused, women who really need our help
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16.

Only marry foreign women    

Why woman file false rape/abuse claims
* Psychological or emotional problems
o Attention seeking
o Delusional
* Self protection
o Hiding an affair or explaining a pregnancy
o Alibi
o Parental pressure
* Malice
o Financial reasons
* No Punishment

1900 days ago
17.

Only marry foreign women    

A false allegation of sexual assault ought to be a crime.

1900 days ago
18.

Only marry foreign women    

It is worng that TMZ identifies Copperfield but not the woman for an allegation. It's common knowledge that woman frequently lie about abuse.

1900 days ago
19.

oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

........... just because he is a " celeb" doesn't mean he isn't a rapist...I totally believe this is possible, the guy is very mysterious and the way Claudia Shiffer went away after being with him .so silently..make me even more suspicious..I bet u anything..his millions is keeping him outta of a fed...I'm gonna give this girl my support..prove it wrong Dave

1900 days ago
20.

LUPE    

Hi number 9 you are correct about the government beliving the first accuser, but in this case is the DA office which is the government. The Judge is in charge of his/her court and listen to both sides. The Judge is not part of the GOV. But you are completely right any one can send an inocent person to jail. Sometimes our system doesn't work 100%. How Saad.

1900 days ago
21.

Joe    

David has a history of doing creepy things to get women. His sense of entitlement is almost scary. That doesn't mean he assaulted this woman, but don't thonk for a moment he isn't capable of this behavior.

1900 days ago
22.

Der Allewiessnder    

That's the Utero centric culture we live in...a women can drop the dime anytime and when the charge involves women or children and the defendant is a man? It's a done deal and the assumption/presumption is made from the offing. All power and resources are in favor of the plaintiff from the start of the matter whatever her motives. I can't nor can anyone even post openly with authority more than once or twice on tmz about this or such issues without being censored or deleted as the truth about it is too uncomfortable to utter in our culture.

1900 days ago
23.

Mia    

So why did she accept his invitation to go to his island in the first place?
My guess is that either she was interested in him as a future boyfriend or she was just interested because Copperfield is rich (?) and famous.

1900 days ago
24.

Kat    

At the beginning of every show, one of David's crew members casually wanders around the audience picking out girls to assist David in the show. When David goes out into the audience to then chose a girl, he already knows which one he is going to chose because his assistant tells him where they are sitting, and some of them even get moved up to the front rows before the show. I've been at his shows and seen this. It's always the young and pretty girls that get chosen, and fair enough. That's showbiz. Also, just from looking around and paying close attention to certain things, I figured out how he does most of his illusions. It's shocking how simple some of them are! David may come across as a little bit creepy, but he's no rapist. The guy can have any woman he wants. This woman is only hurting other woman who really need help. I don't believe for a second that David would hurt anyone.

1900 days ago
25.

Kidholm    

I saw Copperfield at the Cal Poly PAC a few years ago. There was a part of the show where he "randomly" chose a person from the audience to assist him. The person he chose happened to be a stunningly attractive college student. At the time I recall thinking, "Hmmm ... that's no coincidence."

A short time later I was telling a friend about the show. He asked me if Copperfield selected an attractive girl from the audience. When I said yes, he just shook his head. It seems that a friend of his had a 22 year old (hot) daughter that saw Copperfield's show in San Francisco. She also was selected to assist him. After the show she was called back stage to meet him. They started "dating" after that. Her mom, obviously, can't stand the guy.

I wouldn't necessarily discredit this complaint.

1900 days ago
26.

kelly    

This woman took 2 years to file suit.. please, this woman is out for a buck, David Copperfield,dont have to sexually assault anyone. she probably was invited but... she didnt have to go... She knew what she was going there for. Saw the show in Vegas in June David your awesome.. cant wait to see you again.

1900 days ago
27.

janicebyrne01    

I neither like nor dislike Mr Copperfield so I'm not taking sides BUT it does seem totally wrong. The woman definitely appears to be lying. As others have already said...make her disappear!!

1900 days ago
28.

Ziggy    

I think the days of older rich guys picking up young girls as booty calls are over. The girls want a quick pay off and kick the older guys to the curb. Most young women want young hard body men.

Rich older men beware. Most young women are after yer money. It's that simple. They're not interested in you, only your bank account and gold credit cards, diamonds, fancy cars..help to kick start their career.. you get it. Find a nice woman and stick with her. If you keep trying to recapture the glory days, ya might just get accused of rape.

Nothing worse than a 50 year old fool standing in front of a judge being accused of raping a 22 year old bimbo when all he intended was to have a hot date.

1900 days ago
29.

PASSION OF THE TAINT    

That's no big deal for the Copafeel...

Copafeel always finds one girl at his shows that he sexually assaults...

I new one, but she was smart enough not to go back stage with him... Hi Jenny! And she was only 19 at the time...

1900 days ago
30.

bimbo    

yeah, like...the guy invites you to his private island and you AGREED to go, what do you expect will happen next? that he'll sit down and talk about the weather?!!# give me a break!

1900 days ago
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