Old Women Say David Copperfield Committed “Sexual Misconduct” More Than 30 Years Ago

David Copperfield with contestants from the 1991 Look of the Year event in New York City.

This Guardian article is super-long.

Here’s the tl;dr of the allegations:

  • He called a 15-year-old woman and asked her what she was wearing.
  • He grabbed a 15-year-old woman around the waist while posing for photos during a boat party.
  • He spoke to the mother of one of the teens and came off as “creepy.”
  • Someone saw him flirting with a teenage girl.
  • Variations of the above.
  • He took a 17-year-old woman to a bar, drugged her and did something she can’t remember because she blacked out.

The Guardian:

It was September 1991 in New York and the grand finale of Look of the Year, a prestigious modeling contest that had helped launch the careers of supermodels Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen.

The celebrity magician David Copperfield, one of the judges, watched from the front row as 58 contestants paraded across the runway in their branded hot pink and sorbet yellow swimsuits. Nearly all the contestants were teenagers; some were as young as 14.

Today, more than three decades later, five former contestants say that they were subjected to behavior by Copperfield that they now regard as inappropriate or worse. The women – who were all teenagers at the time – met him at the New York contest in 1991 or three years earlier in Japan, when he was also a judge. Others who attended the events also say they witnessed Copperfield behaving inappropriately towards the girls.

Unfortunately for women, 14 is their peak sexual attractiveness.

Fortunately for men, 50 is their peak sexual attractiveness.

The claims include allegations of unwanted sexual touching and sexual harassment. In one case, a former contestant alleges she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Copperfield in the months after the competition. She was 17 years old at the time, she says.

The claims follow a report in yesterday’s Guardian US, which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by Copperfield from women who had met him in connection with his performances. There was also an allegation of drugging in that story: one woman told the Guardian that she believes she and a friend were drugged by Copperfield before he had sexual relations with them, leaving them unable to consent.

In written responses to questions from the Guardian, lawyers for David Copperfield denied all the allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. Copperfield’s lawyers said he has “never, ever acted inappropriately with anyone, let alone anyone underage”.

I’m not even a big fan of David Copperfield. In fact, I’m not a fan at all.

I think Britney Spears was a better Vegas act.

But come on.

He’s not accused of rape.

He’s accused of flirting. These metoo allegations are just getting dumber as they run out of better allegations.