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Copperfield Sets The Record Straight

Postby Magic Newswire » August 20th, 2009, 4:03 pm

Please respect Richard's wishes and refrain from speculative commentary on this story, but I thought it worth mentioning that David Copperfield has released a statement via his attorneys entitled "David Copperfield Sets the Record Straight."

I assume that Richard would not want it posted here, but have posted it in its entirety HERE. There is also a link to the court documents.

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Re: Copperfield Sets The Record Straight

Postby Jim Maloney » October 28th, 2009, 4:57 pm

For those interested in updates on the progress of this case, I came across the following today:

Judge issues stay in rape suit against David Copperfield

A federal judge has issued a six-month stay in the civil lawsuit filed by a former Miss Washington USA contestant who claims she was raped by illusionist David Copperfield while on his private island in the Bahamas.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour stayed the case on Tuesday at the request of Copperfield so the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle can complete a criminal investigation into the woman's allegation.
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Re: Copperfield Sets The Record Straight

Postby Richard Kaufman » October 28th, 2009, 6:59 pm

I think it's fine to post Copperfield's response here. (Courtesy of Dodd's website):

In response to news reports that an unidentified 22 year old woman had filed a lawsuit in a Washington Federal Court related to an alleged assault on her by David Copperfield in 2007, the magician's lawyers responded with a release containing the following statement:

Two years ago, false reports surfaced in the media that a Washington woman claimed she had been assaulted by David Copperfield. Now, this same woman has filed a lawsuit on this false, two-year old claim to get money. We had hoped to avoid responding to her allegations in public, but her filing of this lawsuit has forced us to do so, to respond to these false allegations and set the record straight.

This woman, who filed the lawsuit, has a history of lying. She has lied to law enforcement before and, as a result, had innocent people arrested based on a false accusation. She bragged to one of her closest friends that she could make up allegations against a guy to take a guy down if she wanted to. She said this before she even met Mr. Copperfield. Witness after witness who know her personally say she is incapable of telling the truth.

Her pattern of lying continues in this lawsuit.The facts are that there were more than twenty women and men on the island during her visit.The allegation that there was no one on the island to help her even if she needed help is preposterous.She met and talked with many people on the island, and spent hours with them on the beach, without Mr. Copperfield even present.Among the people she met was a female live-in island manager, who spent time with her on the island and told her that if she needed anything to just call.She never complained to anyone about her treatment, never showed any signs of distress and no one on the island saw her with scratches, bruises or any other signs of assault.Thats because nothing of the sort ever happened.Instead, she sun-tanned in her bikini listening to her IPod, jet-skied with island visitors, had playful conversations with guests, and swam on island beaches, day after day.She even had dinner with a group of island guests.

The notion that this woman was trapped on the island is absurd.There are telephones everywhere throughout the island that allow guests to call anyone in the world, including 911.There is cellular phone coverage and even internet access on the island. She had access to jet skis and boats that she could have taken to the neighboring inhabited islands that are minutes away and not owned by Mr. Copperfield.She came to the island because she wanted to no one lied to her and she could have left the island on her own at any time.

This lawsuit is extortion for money, plain and simple.Unfortunately, false claims like this only hurt the women who really have been abused, women who really need our help.
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Re: Copperfield Sets The Record Straight

Postby absoulute » October 29th, 2009, 5:09 pm

I don't think anyone who read this story when it initially broke gave any credibility to this person. Her story is absurd and it really is a shame that this does hurt the women who really have been sexually assaulted/raped. Everyone loses in this case because regardless of whether David "wins" the case, there is no telling how much lawyer fees and court costs will be. I see these victims frequently in my work, and it is despicable that someone would exploit this to make money.

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Re: Copperfield Sets The Record Straight

Postby Magic Newswire » October 29th, 2009, 6:30 pm

And of course Richard, You can always quote anything from MagicNewswire.com anytime!


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