Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Magician may face rape allegation

A US grand jury is investigating allegations that magician David Copperfield raped and threatened a Washington state woman at his estate in the Bahamas, a newspaper reported.

The Seattle Times reported yesterday that at least three federal law-enforcement officials confirmed the grand jury investigation. No indictment or criminal charges have been filed.

The woman told police that she and her family were approached by a member of Copperfield's entourage at a January 25 performance in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington, The Times said.

They were given special seats, and Copperfield selected the woman to come on stage as part of his act, the sources told The Times.

The 21-year-old woman said Copperfield later said he could help with her modelling career and invited her to his estate in the Bahamas.

The woman said she made the trip in late July, and found she was the only guest on the secluded island with Copperfield.

She told Seattle police, and later the FBI, that Copperfield raped and struck her, and threatened her when she left after two days, sources familiar with her allegations told The Times.

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