A two-year criminal investigation into rape charges against famed illusionist David Copperfield were dropped Tuesday without formal charges ever being filed, about a month after local police reported that his accuser made a separate false charge of sexual assault against a different man.
No official reason was given for closing the criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle, the branch in charge of looking into allegations against Copperfield. An assistant U.S. attorney made a motion Tuesday afternoon, effectively closing the case, according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. Attorney’s office released a statement saying that any investigation can be shut down without charges filed if no federal laws were broken, no federal jurisdiction entitles the office to look into a matter further or if the allegations couldn’t be proven beyond any reasonable doubt.
The statement also said
Neither the investigation, nor its termination should be perceived as a comment on guilt or innocence, the AP reported.
She is disappointed, but it wasn’t completely unexpected given the jurisdictional issue of prosecuting him here for something that happened on his private island, said attorney Rebecca Roe, who represented the woman.
Copperfield’s defense attorneys Patty Eakes and Angelo Calfo said the illusionist denied all aspects of the charges and described the action as
extortion for money, according to AP.
In a civil suit related to the case, the woman said Copperfield brought her up on stage during a 2007 show in Kennewick, WA. The suit continues to allege that Copperfield later invited the woman to his private island in the Bahamas, where he attacked her sexually after she arrived, according to AP.
The woman, described by the AP as a 23-year-old fashion model, waitress and former Miss Washington, has potential charges pending against her by Bellevue, WA, police of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant and prostitution.
On Dec. 2, the woman who accused Copperfield met with a man and another woman for drinks, according to AP. The other woman reportedly told police that she left the two because they were being very affectionate with each other, to the point where she didn’t feel comfortable around them.
The 23-year-old woman then went with the man to rent a hotel room. Surveillance cameras caught the two kissing and holding each other in the hotel lobby. Images from the cameras were included in the police file, AP reported.
The woman then told hotel staff the man tried to assault her, according to the police documents. But the man had also contacted police officers and said she left the room after he refused to pay $2,000 for sex, according to the report.
Attorney Roe described the police report as