Copperfield raid related to alleged Bahamas incident

Other News Materials 19 October 2007 23:53 (UTC +04:00)

The FBI raid this week of a warehouse owned by illusionist David Copperfield in Las Vegas stemmed from an alleged incident in the Bahamas, Seattle police said Friday.

A woman filed a police report over the summer making an accusation against Copperfield, a police spokeswoman said. Police did not say what the accusation is, but referred to the woman as an alleged "victim."

"Due to the seriousness of the alleged incident, we documented it," the police spokeswoman said.

An FBI spokesman also said agents were investigating a case based in Seattle when they entered the warehouse Wednesday night. FBI Special Agent Robbie Burroughs said no other information could be made public on the probe.

Copperfield's attorney, David Chesnoff, said Friday, "We are in touch with the investigators, and are respecting the confidentiality of the investigation."

He added, "Unfortunately, false allegations are all too often made against famous individuals. But we are confident the investigation will conclude favorably."

According to Forbes magazine, Copperfield made $57 million in 2005 and the same amount the year before.

The 51-year-old performs in Las Vegas and around the world, has starred in TV specials, and was named a "living legend" by the Library of Congress. He was once engaged to model Claudia Schiffer.

According to his Web site, Copperfield began performing professionally at age 12 "and became the youngest person ever to be admitted to the Society of American Magicians. By 16, he was teaching a course in Magic at New York University." ( CNN )