How big of a creep is magician and alleged rapist David Copperfield? A pretty ginormous one - if you believe new reports by TMZ and the National Enquirer.
The icky Copperfield stories got started last week when it was learned that the FBI had raided the magician's warehouse in Las Vegas and removed numerous items, including digital cameras, a hard-drive and cash amounting to $2 million. Then came the shocker - news of a rape allegation against the performer, leveled by a Seattle woman who claimed she was lured to the Bahamas by Copperfield in July and attacked.
TMZ was first to make a connection between the stuff the FBI took and the rape allegation. Sources told the site that Copperfield deliberately designed part of his show as a "system for picking up women," a system that involved using a digital camera for shooting interviews with babes David had picked out of the audience and invited backstage. One of the interviewees - possibly Copperfield's accuser - mentioned the Bahamas on-camera. And wouldn't you know it - Copperfield happens to own a bunch of islands in the Bahamas.
Now, the National Enquirer has added to the picture. A friend of the accuser tells them that Copperfield lured his victim to his lavish magician's lair in the Bahamas, telling her there was to be a party. When the victim showed there was no one there but Copperfield however. This disturbed her and she tried to leave, but Copperfield sweet-talked her into staying. Then, in the middle of the night, Copperfield allegedly forced himself on the woman, violently enough to leave her bruised. The friend said:
She told me she fought back. But she said that just seemed to turn him on more.
The woman supposedly took pictures of the scene with her cell-phone afterward, and avoided showering as a way of preserving any evidence. She then flew home to Seattle, and was met at the airport by her mother who took her directly to the hospital where staff performed a rape kit on her. The woman then contacted the authorities. The FBI eventually got in touch with her, and convinced her to participate in a sting operation which included her emailing Copperfield and setting up a meeting in Vegas.
The $2 million reportedly seized from Copperfield also enters the picture - because that sum is exactly how much the alleged victim says Copperfield offered her to keep her mouth shut. Obviously, she did not take the money.
Yes, David Copperfield is apparently that much of a vile creep. But really - what do you expect from someone who spends his entire life fooling people? I believe a certain arrogance has to attend becoming that adept at pulling the wool over people's eyes. Copperfield has probably come to believe himself superior to all other humans, and therefore above morality and decency and all the rest of that stuff. To him, these women were just toys with which to satisfy his nasty urges.
Yes David Copperfield - you are good at tricking suckers into thinking you have magic powers. But the fact is you don't. You're just another Vegas act with a big giant ego. Now, hopefully, the authorities will perform a real neat trick - by making you disappear forever into jail.