08:36 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 03/11/2014 10:00AM
Andy Samberg should've guessed what he was getting into by inviting David Copperfield to his bachelor party last year.
Copperfield's present to Samberg came up when Samberg visited Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday. Last year, Samberg married his longtime girlfriend, musician Joanna Newsom, and Meyers attended his bachelor party. So did the magician, who brought Samberg a large present, which he made "levitate" in photos.
Originally posted 08/15/2011 09:40AM
David Copperfield's latest secret is no illusion.
Copperfield, 54, and his current girlfriend, French model Chloe Gosselin, 26, have a 16-month old daughter together named Sky, according to the New York Post.
The child's birth was previously undisclosed and only revealed when the couple were recently photographed together.
"Forget making the Statue of Liberty disappear," the illusionist's rep told the Post. "David's next trick will be making dirty diapers disappear."
Copperfield and Gosselin first met in 2010. The illusionist has previously been linked with a number of celebrity models.
– Peter Mikelbank
Originally posted 04/20/2010 07:55PM
A Washington state woman withdrew her lawsuit against David Copperfield on Tuesday, nearly three years after alleging the magician sexually assaulted her on his private island in the Bahamas.
Lacey Carroll, 23, the first runner-up last year in Miss Washington USA, said in a statement Copperfield's camp built insurmountable legal obstacles, subjecting her "to intense scrutiny and constant surveillance, while her family, friends and co-workers have been besieged with subpoenas and demands for personal information."
Copperfield's rep responded that Carroll's story was "nothing but a pathetic attempt to extort Mr. Copperfield for money with malicious and false allegations."
Originally posted 01/12/2010 10:30PM
Nearly three years after a former Miss Washington USA claimed she was raped by David Copperfield on his private island in the Bahamas, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington filed documents Tuesday stating they are essentially dropping the case.
Prosecutors offered no explanation as to what they found during their investigation or why the case has been dropped. No charges were ever filed against Copperfield. Representatives for the magician have alleged that the woman was untruthful, and that he never forced himself on her.
"We filed a notice today that we had terminated the grand jury inquiry,” Emily Langlie, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 10/28/2009 11:50AM
David Copperfield has won a six-month stay in a lawsuit filed in July by a former Miss Washington USA contestant, alleging that the multi-millionaire magician assaulted and threatened her on his private island in the Bahamas – claims that the illusionist dismissed as an attempt at "extortion for money, plain and simple."
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour stayed the case at the request of Copperfield so the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle can complete a criminal investigation into the charge, reports the Seattle Times. The plaintiff's attorney, Becky Roe, has agreed to the stay, saying her client has already waited two years.
Originally posted 08/20/2009 10:45AM
A Seattle woman has filed a lawsuit against David Copperfield, alleging that the multi-millionaire magician assaulted and threatened her on his private island in the Bahamas – though the illusionist is dismissing her claims as an attempt at "extortion for money, plain and simple."
The woman, a 22-year-old fashion model and former Miss Washington USA contestant, says in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on July 29 – the deadline for a two-year statute of limitations – that she met Copperfield, now 52, at a performance in Kennewick in January 2007, the Seattle Times reports. That summer, she says she was invited to the island, where the alleged sexual assault took place.
Among her claims, according to news reports on her filing, the woman says that "Copperfield … attacked and sexually assaulted her" and "threatened to kill her," despite her attempts to fight him off, which left her "extremely traumatized."
Originally posted 12/19/2008 06:20PM
David Copperfield's magic assistant, seriously injured during a performance, was recovering in the hospital Friday with multiple arm fractures repaired with bolts and pins.
The man, who is only being identified as "Brandon," was injured on-stage when his arm was pulled into the metal blades of a large, industrial fan while helping Copperfield during an illusion.
One of the first to see him after awaking from several hours of surgery was Copperfield. A rep for Copperfield said the man began cracking jokes in his hospital bed after awaking and was presented with a children's magic set.
"We're just thankful Brandon's injuries weren't worse," Copperfield said in a statement.
– Mark Gray
Originally posted 12/18/2008 08:25PM
An employee of David Copperfield was hospitalized Wednesday with a broken arm after one of the illusionist's tricks went awry on stage.
The unidentified employee was assisting Copperfield during the "fan illusion" and got his arm caught in the fan. In the illusion, Copperfield appears to walk through the fan and disappear as he turns to smoke.
The show, dubbed An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, took place in Las Vegas at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre.
"This is a trick David has done over 3,000 times," executive producer Chris Kenner says. "This was a freak accident."
Originally posted 11/07/2007 07:45AM
Did David Copperfield perform a vanishing act? Foreign promoters are suing the illusionist for nearly $5 million, claiming the embattled star skipped out on a planned Asian tour once word got out that he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Originally posted 10/19/2007 09:00PM
UPDATE: The FBI is denying previous reports that agents took $2 million in cash from Copperfield's warehouse, the Seattle Times reports.
David Copperfield's lawyer strongly denied the magician committed sexual misconduct – a claim reportedly behind an FBI investigation.
"There is no way that Mr. Copperfield has ever forced himself on anyone, because that is not the person he is," attorney David Chesnoff tells PEOPLE.
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