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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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31.

someone    

Why would she wait for more than 2 years to file charges???

1890 days ago
32.

SianP    

Wow, TMZ.... nothing like being 2 years behind in reporting something. This accusation and charge is old news for anyone who reads celeb news and magazines. The only thing new is the actual filing, the FBI already began their investigation long ago and it's been reported already. As has many other news stories about David's not uncommon MO of picking up girls from his audiences and seducing them. It's been over a year since I last read about this, but if memory serves me, the FBI had already begun investigating Copperfield on this charge, and found evidence to support the charges by this particular woman. Apparently they did find enough evidence to support the filing of the federal charge. Not surprising.

1890 days ago
33.

Linda Mott    

When you go to a man's private island, you might get a clue, that since you are not an old friend, he may have ulterior motives. I doesn't make it right, but use your head.

1890 days ago
34.

SianP    

And bimbo (not a name calling, it's their user name, lol)... what she thought was that she was being invited to his island as part of a large party he was having their, and she was invited to be one of the guests, if I remember correctly. But when they arrived, it was only his usual staff there, and there was never any party planned, that was apparently what he usually told girls in this 'situation'. And when your only way off the island is by his private plane or boat, there isn't a whole lot you can do immediatly. There's more to the story than TMZ has given here.

Is he guilty or not? Obviously, I can't know for sure, but I do tend to believe this girl's story, as there's been so much evidence supporting it, and too many other accusations against David from other girls prior to this. Too much smoke in the air not to have a fire burning nearby, you know?

1890 days ago
35.

themagician    

Um, this probably didn't happen being that he's a closeted gay dude and all. The chicks on his arm (or island, or whatever) are all about appearances. He's all about the salami.

1890 days ago
36.

SianP    

Linda Mott, unfortunately there are way too many people in this world who are clueless and don't have any common sense. But just because they aren't too bright, that doesn't give anyone permission to assault them.

And this is exactly why so many woman usually decline to press charges against someone who's assaulted them, because history has shown that the first instinct all too often is for the female victim to be pilloried and blamed for causing her own assault because she's "too pretty" or "not very smart" or whatever other lame excuse is used.

Now I don't know anything about this girl's looks or intelligence or sense, but I do know that no matter if she's one of the clueless or usually pretty bright, there is NOTHING that gives permission for assault. That's why it's a crime, not just a juicy topic for gossip. Would I have known better? You better believe it, but I'm not going to say someone deserves assault just because they aren't the brightest bulb in the chandelier, or because someone fell prey to a celebrity who knows how to manipulate the line between fandom and victim.

1890 days ago
37.

april    

What was she doing in his bedroom and what kind of movie was it? Some women are soooo unbelievably stupid/naive. If you don't want to be 'sexually harrassed' don't put yourself in a situation where more than likely it's going to happen. Men will try to stick their peepee into anything that moves(and into some things that don't move). I don't believe he attacked her, he probably assumed since she was in his BEDROOM she was fair game. Use your brain women! Geez.

1890 days ago
38.

SERIOUSLY!!!    

Does the hat make him look like Satan?!
BTW ... this is extremely old news (a couple of years old anyway!)

1890 days ago
39.

janalal4    

Always did think this guy had some underlying creepiness factor. I thought he was gay for the longest time. My husband used to work with the local theatrical stage hand union & worked a number of his shows & was convinced he was gay. I know people do some whacked out things to get into the pockets of celebrities so I don't know but there's something about him that just doesn't "ring true" to me. I do know that I wouldn't want to be a celebrity for anything in the world. Too much grief!

1890 days ago
40.

Bella Donna    

Didn't someone else make this same accusation a few years back? Or is it the same woman still fighting it out? I swear I've heard this story before.

1890 days ago
41.

Melly    

Both at fault here, she put herself in the risky position with a tripod she did not know. No excuse for assault but she MADE herself the victim so she did have some choices prior to being assaulted, if true. There are true vicious assaults on innocent victims in random attacks and those bastages doing it need to be tortured.
Like it or not the reality is women who do things like this chick do not qualify in the public mind as an "innocent victim" and will have a hard time making a case. Not my opinion, it is just an unfortunate reality in our society.

He is an idiot and should just pay lots of "pain and suffering" cash for even having women like this around him. Why do these *stars in their own minds* never ever learn that if you surround yourself with ho-ish women eventually one is going to be a nutter with a hack lawyer on tap. Is it worth ruining your reputation and career.

1890 days ago
42.

Disgusted with People    

IF HE'S PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, YOU SHOULD GIVE PRESUME SHE'S INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

ITS SAD IF THIS REALLY HAPPENED, AND SHE'S READING THIS.

1890 days ago
43.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

He just wanted to Copp a feel, that's his namesake, tee hee hee!

1890 days ago
44.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

ALL OF YOU THAT PRE-JUDGE PEOPLE PROBABLY DO A LOT MORE THAN WHAT HE IS ACCUSED OF DOING. IT NEVER FAIL TO AMAZE ME HOW PREOPLE ARE SO QUICK TO BELIEVE WHAT SOMEONE SAYS WITHOUT A SHREAD OD EVIDENCE. YOU GUYS ARE ALL MISSIONARIES.(GEEZ)

1890 days ago
45.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

#31, THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE VALUES OR MORALES. THEY ARE JUST SHANKS AND I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THEM!

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