Thursday, October 25, 2007
Copperfield's Magic Can't Make Accuser Disappear

Sources told the National Enquirer that magician David Copperfield allegedly offered his rape accuser 2 million dollars to go away, which just happens to be the amount of cash the FBI snagged in a raid of his warehouse. The Enquirer also says the source, a friend of the accuser, told them in great detail about the attack.

According to the friend, Copperfield invited the 21-year-old beauty to a "lavish party" at his remote compound in the Bahamas. But when she got there, on July 27, she discovered "there was no party - and no other guests," according The Enquirer source.

"She got nervous and wanted to go home right away, but David convinced her to stay, saying she could leave the next day if she really wanted to," the friend claims.

That night, Copperfield forced himself on the woman, holding her arms "down on the bed, leaving her with terrible bruises," the friend charges.

"She told me she fought back," the friend says. "But she said that just seemed to turn him on more."

"After Copperfield had finished with her and left to clean off, the young woman had the presence of mind to use her cell phone to take photos of the crime scene," according to the tab. "In order to preserve physical evidence, she says she didn't shower. The next day, she went back home to Seattle, where her mother met her at the airport."

"They drove straight to the Harborview Medical Center, where medical personnel performed a 'rape kit' on her," the friend told The Enquirer.

Agents from Seattle's FBI office later coordinated a sting operation with the woman - encouraging her to e-mail the magician and arranging a meeting in Vegas, according to the friend.

On Oct. 18, about a dozen agents reportedly raided Copperfield's prop storehouse and seized digital camera equipment and a computer hard drive. Copperfield's attorney, Richard Schonfeld, told us: "We won't address any investigative aspects," adding: "David never forced himself on anybody. His reputation speaks for itself."

Copperfield has declined to comment on the charges, except to say that he and his people are cooperating fully with the investigation. "We are respecting the process of the investigation and the confidentiality that surrounds it."

In regards to why the FBI raided the warehouse, sources told TMZ Copperfield designed part of his show around "a system for picking up women." During his show, David goes into the audience and chooses women to come on stage. We're told that if David likes a girl, he'll use code words with assistants like "mama" and "secrecy." The assistants mark the women on a map of the inside of the Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand. After the show, the women are brought backstage -- and that's where the profiling begins.

The women are told that David may use them in his show when he comes to their hometown. They are then photographed with a digital camera, asked questions like, "What is your favorite men's cologne?" and "Where do you like to vacation?" We're told one of those vacation spots mentioned by staff is the Bahamas, where the accuser claims she was assaulted. Copperfield owns a cluster of islands in the Bahamas -- which he bought for $50 million.

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