Woman Claims Rape By Copperfield

A federal grand jury in Seattle is investigating allegations by a Washington state woman who said she was raped and threatened by magician David Copperfield.

The Seattle Times reports that three unnamed federal law-enforcement officials confirmed the grand jury investigation.

No indictment or criminal charges have been filed.

The paper says the woman told law enforcement that she and her
family were approached by a member of Copperfield's entourage at a
January performance in eastern Washington.

It says they were given special seats, and Copperfield selected the woman to come on stage as part of his act.

The 21-year-old woman said Copperfield later said he could helpwith her modeling 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.

She told Seattle police Copperfield raped and struck her, and
threatened her when she left after two days.

Copperfield's attorney, David Chesnoff of Las Vegas, repeated
that Copperfield "has never forced himself on anyone."

He noted that grand jury investigations are supposed to be
secret.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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