A Seattle woman claims that illusionist David Copperfield repeatedly sexually assaulted her on his private island in the Bahamas during a horrifying two-day ordeal, according to a bombshell federal lawsuit.
The magician raped the 22-year-old victim, sexually assaulted her on two other occasions and threatened to kill her, court papers filed in Washington state claim.
The woman says her nightmare unfolded two summers ago, when the 52-year-old performer invited her to his $50 million private retreat on Musha Cay after meeting her at a show in Washington state.
One of the showman's assistants invited the alleged victim backstage, where she was told about promotional work on the island that might lead to "modeling opportunities," according to the suit, filed on July 29.
When she arrived on the island, which is reachable only by private boat, on July 27, 2007, "she realized no one else was in attendance other than . . . Copperfield," the suit says.
After the two dined, they went to the magician's room to watch a movie.
"Copperfield then attacked [her] and sexually assaulted her" and "threatened to kill her," despite the victim's attempt to fight him off, leaving her "extremely traumatized," her filing charges.