Magician David Copperfield is Accused of Groping and Drugging Women - Latest Global News

Magician David Copperfield is Accused of Groping and Drugging Women

David Copperfield is facing new allegations of misconduct from more than a dozen women, at least half of whom say they were underage when he allegedly groomed or groped them.

On Wednesday an exposé in The guard has gone online detailing several stories from women who say the 67-year-old entertainer – the highest-paid magician in the world, worth $875 million Forbes — had allegedly drugged at least three of them before sexual encounters so they couldn’t consent.

Of the 16 women who spoke to the station, three said Copperfield groped them on stage, with at least one saying her family witnessed the attack. The alleged incidents occurred over a period of four decades, from the 1980s to 2014.

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A woman who was spoken to The guard Using a pseudonym, she shared that Copperfield allegedly gave her his phone number when she was just 15 and would send her gifts – including a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. She also shared that when she was 16, he allegedly sent her a note that said, “I’ll be back in 2 years,” which she gave to the outlet.

The same woman – identified as “Carla” in the story – claimed the 21-time Emmy Award winner was the first person she ever had sex with. The alleged sexual encounter occurred after she turned 18, but a year earlier he had kissed her and “pushed her head toward his crotch.”

“I wasn’t forced to do it, but I remember feeling uncomfortable because I had never done it before,” she said, describing an alleged incident in his limousine.

Another woman, identified in the story as “Gillian,” said that she and a friend were invited to have drinks with the magician after she attended Copperfield’s show in Las Vegas in the 1990s and was chosen to be with him to go on stage. Upon arrival at his private quarters, both women were said to have been given a glass of Sambuca, which Gillian said gave her a “strange, physically strange” feeling.

She described to the outlet that she became “lightheaded” and lost consciousness, only to allegedly wake up naked in Copperfield’s bed while he had sex with her and her friend.

“I’m 56 years old now,” Gillian shared. “I’ve never had a time in my life that I don’t consciously remember [a period of time] … I would never just tell anyone that if I didn’t really, honestly believe to God that I was drugged at the time.”

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In a statement released to ET on Wednesday, a representative for the magician vehemently denied the allegations against him and said they are considering taking legal action against any person who spreads “false and unscrupulous allegations.”

“Anyone who knows David Copperfield will tell you that these recent allegations from a newspaper are the exact opposite of who David is. In fact, David is proven to risk his career to protect women from powerful predators. This is the case with most of these historical allegations.” “Statements have been made before, and they are all as false today as they were then,” the spokesman said.

“David demanded the ‘evidence’ on which these false accusations were supposedly based, and it was not provided. In contrast, whenever U.S. law enforcement has dealt with such matters, it has been thoroughly investigated and found that there is simply no case to answer. The Guardians Characterization does not reflect who David is and he continues to support anyone who has experienced any form of abuse or discrimination. The movement must succeed, but false accusations must stop for it to flourish.

The statement concludes: “David will review the situation with his legal team and take such steps as are appropriate in light of these false and unconscionable allegations.”

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In 2018, Copperfield took to social media expresses his support for the #MeToo movement amidst those emerging at the time Harvey Weinstein scandalwhile also sharing his perspective on the situation as someone who claims to have been “falsely” accused of wrongdoing.

“We all want to empower people who feel they have been victims of sexual misconduct, and as a rule we should listen so that more people feel comfortable coming forward. This is important,” he shared at the time. “But imagine what it’s like to believe in the movement and also be publicly falsely accused in the past.”

In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of luring a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting him. The FBI investigated the claim but ultimately dropped the case.

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