David Copperfield Slams Sexual Assault Suit as "Extortion"

Celebrity News Aug. 20, 2009 AT 11:47AM
David Copperfield David Copperfield arrives at the Keep Memory Alive Foundation's 12th annual gala to benefit the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute on February 9, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic

David Copperfield is slamming a lawsuit filed by a 22-year-old Seattle woman who claims the magician sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her.

The allegations are "extortion for money, plain and simple," state Copperfield's lawyers, Angelo Calfo and Patty Eakes, in a statement.

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The woman alleges in court papers filed on July 29 -- the two-year statute of limitations -- that the incident took place while she was a guest on his private island in the Bahamas. No criminal charges have been filed, according to the Associated Press.

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The woman -- who is described as a model and former Miss Washington USA contestant -- says she met Copperfield (real name: David Seth Kotkin) at one of his January 2007 performances.

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