David Copperfield denies 'fabricated' sexual assault claim

David Copperfield.
David Copperfield. Photo credit: Getty

Illusionist David Copperfield has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in the late 1980s.

Ex-model Brittney Lewis claims the assault happened in 1988 after Copperfield slipped something into her drink at a bar after he judged a modelling contest she was in, and she ended up in his hotel room.

She then claims the next morning the 61-year-old magician made her sign a document to say she was okay.

In a statement Copperfield didn't directly deny her accusation, but said he would "weather another storm" after having been falsely accused in the past.

"I've lived with years of news reports about me being accused of fabricated, heinous acts, with few telling the story of the accuser getting arrested, and my innocence," he said.

"Knowing that false accusers can negatively impact the believability of others and are a true disservice to those who have been victims of sexual misconduct, I didn't draw attention to it."

Ms Lewis told The Wrap she first reported the incident in 2007, the same year another woman accused Copperfield of sexual assault. The FBI investigated the other woman's complaint, but it was dropped after it turned out she had made false allegations against others.

Copperfield said in his statement he backs the "crucial and long overdue" #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

"Always listen, and consider everything carefully, but please for everyone's sake, don't rush to judgement."

Copperfield was the most famous magician/illusionist of the 1980s, with tricks like making the Statue of Liberty disappear and walking through the Great Wall of China.

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