David Copperfield in rape probe
(showbizspy.com) - Magician David Copperfield has landed in hot water - after a Seattle woman told police that he had raped her.
According to police reports, the woman alleges the incident happened in the Bahamas, but she did not file a claim until she returned to the United States.
The New York Daily News Newspaper is reporting that The FBI have confirmed David Copperfield has been contacted by law enforcement authorities and an investigation is underway. They did not confirmed the rape allegations, but have raided a warehouse and a theater where he performs in Las Vegas:
"I can confirm that there's investigative activity at the warehouse," FBI Special Agent David Staretz, spokesman for the Las Vegas office, said Thursday. Staretz wouldn't give further details. Copperfield's Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, said his client had been contacted by investigators.
"We understand there is an investigation, are in touch with the investigators, and are respecting the confidentiality of the investigation," Chesnoff said.
KLAS-TV reported that an FBI raid with 12 agents took place Wednesday at Copperfield's warehouse.
"The investigation is related to a Seattle case. The Seattle case is pending and that means we can't say anything about it," said Seattle FBI Agent Robbie Burroughs on Thursday.
Copperfield, 51, has been a longtime performer at the Hollywood Theater at the MGM Grand casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where he has performed in six- to eight-week stints several times a year, said MGM Mirage Inc. spokeswoman Yvette Monet.
Monet told The Associated Press that FBI agents searched the theater on Wednesday.