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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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46.

Gypsy    

I'd like to share a brief and slightly creepy David Copperfield experience I had 22 years ago. I don't know this woman who is sueing him, but I can vouch that David's a slightly pushey and even kind of a scarey dude if you're a female in his "sights"....

I had just turned 21 and I was in the same nightclub as David was. I was with a bunch of girls from a show I was working on and we asked to take pictures with him.

Within 1 minutes time of shooting pictures he kept asking if I could go back to his hotel room and see a video of him making something disappear... maybe it was the statue of Liberty? It was more like insisting then asking.... like "lets go" rather then
"do you want to go".

He was very adament about doing this and actually started physically and aggressively pulling on my arm to head me toward the door... saying "come on.. come on"...I excused myself and said I had to use the bathroom

Now remember this is all within a 1 - 3 minutes of seeing him and taking pictures.. no back and forth and no conversation and no drink buying..... just.... "come on... come on... lets go back to my hotel room and watch a video..."

It freaked me out enough that I asked the manager if I could go out a back way or emergency exit. I figured I'd catch a cab and get out of there. As I'm heading to the front of the building to hail a cab... I hear Copperfield out front asking the doormen or valet or somebody, if someone who looked like me left. And he was pissed and mad. He sounded REALLY mad. We didn't kiss we didn't talk we didn't dance.... nothing.

I didn't know why this person (David), whom I said nothing to, except to be in a photo with him.... why would he be THAT livid?

I was so freaked that even though I was in white clothing I sunk back behind the clubs trash cans and crouched down until a cab came out onto the side of that nite club that I could hop into and get out of there.

So maybe this woman IS trying to cash in a bit....I don't know.
But David... I could see him keeping her somewhere against her will. And woman who want to survive weird situations like this, often play along with whatever's coming at them, until they reach a safe place.

Pissing someone off to make them be aggressive on you, to the point the woman willl have to physically fight them or fight them OFF of you, isn't a woman's strength in survival.

Keeping yourself OUT of stupid situations is the best defense.

1708 days ago
47.

Meg    

I was invited to the Musha Cay Island with David in July 2006, right after he purchased it. He in no way would ever force anyone to do anything they didn't want to. He was a perfect gentleman, when things got heated and I said "no" it was never spoken of again. I had the time of my life and was treated like a princess, I can't believe some desperate chic would try to ruin such a great guys life!!!!

1708 days ago
48.

BuzzBuzz    

It's all true and this woman is not the only one he has done this to on his island.

1708 days ago
49.

Gypsy    

Thanks for sharing back, that you too, had similar interaction with Copperfield. Somehow that gives me comfort. Weird.
I guess he's been doing this for along while.

Is it just me or what?

If you don't think you're romantically attracted to someone and you don't want to have sex with them yet.... why would you go with someone on a romantic island getaway? That kind of thinking isn't smart or safe for this time and era.

Do you think this 50 year old man wants to take you're 22 year old self, on an island for your great conversation and thoughts and views on life and NOT have sex? Wow... .... WOW

I understand if you're a celebate couple, gonna get married, saving yourself, blah blah blah...

But even if I, as a female, if I paid for a guys cruise or airplane ticket, I would hope that he's up for some "closeness"... if I was up for it. I might even be pissed if I invited and paid and used my vacation time on someone who was not "coming thru" with their part of the deal on this vacation.

Same with the girl who went up to Mike Tyson's hotel room. Really!? What did you think was up there? Some Great conversation with Mike?

Sex or Drugs... that's what's up there. So be up for one or the other or both, if you're invited up to a hotel room.

Even a door 5 feet away from you, will seem like 10 miles, when things go bad. And some, never make it to the door.

1707 days ago
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