The sex scandal swirling around illusionist David Copperfield
has taken a new twist - a Las Vegas performer has come forward with claims the magic man tried to force her to have sex.
Copperfield is currently under investigation for allegedly raping a Seattle, Washington woman in the Bahamas. And now former Sin City showgirl-turned-escape artist Shedini has gone public with claims she was "attacked" by Copperfield 16 years ago, when what she thought was a job interview turned into a sexual encounter.
In an exclusive interview with the Globe
, Shedini says, "David Copperfield sexually assaulted me... I was young, I was naive."
The former showgirl reveals Copperfield lured her to his hotel suite with the promise of a job offer - and she didn't think anything of the late-night encounter because she was convinced the illusionist was gay. Shedini recalls being "grossed out" when the magician tried to force her to have sex with him.
She adds, "I felt his powerful hands grab my arms from behind. He turned me around, pushed me to the wall and held me there, kissing me and sticking his tongue down my throat." Shedini eventually fought him off and fled.
The publication links Shedini's story with that of the 21-year-old Seattle woman, who flew to the Bahamas to meet with Copperfield after he promised to help her with her modelling career.
According to the FBI investigation, the unnamed woman found herself alone in Copperfield's estate when she arrived in the Bahamas and reportedly found herself at the mercy of lusty Copperfield.
The illusionist's lawyer, David Handoff, insists his client will be found innocent of the rape charges against him - and he insists Shedini's story is also untrue.
He says, "David Copperfield has never struck, forced himself or threatened any woman. If some woman told anyone that he did, then she is not being truthful."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)