Grand Jury Probes Copperfield

Aspiring model says illusionist forced himself her at his island resort
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2007 4:01 PM CDT
Magician David Copperfield arrives at CBS' 75th anniversary in this Nov. 2, 2003 file photo. Copperfield has been accused of raping a 21-year-old aspiring model at his Bahamanian resort, and is under...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A federal grand jury is considering bringing rape charges against David Copperfield, unidentified law enforcement officials told the Seattle Times. A 21-year-old aspiring model told police that Copperfield, 51, lured her to his private island and raped her, then threatened her to keep quiet. Copperfield's attorney chided law enforcement for the leak, saying, “It casts doubt on the integrity of the investigation.”

After returning to the US, Copperfield's accuser went to a sexual assault center, where federal sources confirm that clothing and other evidence were collected. Though Copperfield’s island is outside US waters, federal authorities are claiming jurisdiction because the woman's flight began and ended in the US.