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Magician David Copperfield faces sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women: report | News from India

NEW DELHI: Magician David Copperfield is under scrutiny as more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct over several decades, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

According to an investigation by The Guardian, allegations from 16 women were uncovered, some of whom claim they were under 18 at the time of the incidents. Disturbingly, three women claim that Copperfield drugged them before engaging in sexual acts.

The report, based on interviews with more than 100 people and a careful review of police and court records, details encounters dating from the late 1980s to 2014, with the women meeting Copperfield through his work commitments during his long career.

Copperfield’s legal team refuted the accusations, saying he had “never acted inappropriately with anyone, let alone anyone who was a minor.”

Notably, this is not the first time that Copperfield has been faced with such allegations. In 2018, Brittney Lewis accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her three decades prior, which he vehemently denied. Lewis is one of the women included in the Guardian expose.

Additionally, another woman, preferring to remain anonymous, alleged that Copperfield drugged her and a friend before engaging in sexual activity with them. Copperfield’s lawyers also denied the allegations, pointing to the lack of complaints at the time of the alleged assaults.

One woman, identified under a pseudonym, claimed to have been groomed by Copperfield since she was 15, alleging late-night calls and gifts. Their relationship, which she said began consensually when she was 18, lasted four years. Copperfield’s legal team said their relationship was legal and consensual, vehemently denying any suggestions of grooming or impropriety.

Copperfield’s association with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein also received attention. While Copperfield’s name appeared in unsealed court documents relating to Epstein, his lawyers claimed he was unaware of Epstein’s crimes until they were made public. “Our client was unaware of Epstein’s horrific crimes,” Copperfield’s lawyers were quoted as saying by the Guardian. “Like the rest of the world, he learned about it through the press.”

(With contribution from agencies)