Lawyer: 3 Others Were Hurt in Copperfield Show

Illusionist claimed trick never hurt anybody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2018 3:59 AM CDT
Illusionist David Copperfield appears in court Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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(Newser) – Lawyers for a British tourist who claims he was badly hurt taking part in an illusion by Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield told a judge on Wednesday that they've found three other people who were injured in Copperfield shows over the years, the AP reports. The three women came forward after hearing that Copperfield and the show's executive producer, Chris Kenner, denied knowing about anyone being hurt over the period of more than 15 years that the trick was performed in Las Vegas and other cities, says Adam Deutsch, a lawyer for plaintiff Gavin Cox and his wife. "They felt compelled to testify because of the dishonest stuff that was put out by the defense team," Deutsch said. "Mr. Copperfield testified that nobody has ever gotten hurt, ever."

One woman was hurt in 2002 during a performance in Seattle, Deutsch said, and another was hurt in a fall in June 2013. The third woman would testify that she knows about someone who was injured at another show, Deutsch said. Cox has said he fell after being hurried by stagehands through an alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin. Copperfield's lawyer, Elaine Fresch, complained that defense legal teams were unfairly "sandbagged" during the ongoing trial by the bid to add last-minute witnesses. "They're saying things that I've never heard about," Fresch said. "Mr. Copperfield and Mr. Kenner stated they are unaware, they have no knowledge, of other injuries." (Last week, the trial revealed the secret of one of Copperfield's tricks.)


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