Just hours after David Copperfield posted a statement voicing support for the #MeToo movement and warning people not to be quick to judge those accused of misconduct, a former teen model came forward with allegations she was sexually assaulted by the famed illusionist, Page Six reports.
The accuser, whose name is Brittney Lewis, was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged assault. Lewis recounts Copperfield putting something into her drink, drugging her, and then carrying her back to her room where he undressed her. Though Lewis says her memories are foggy, she alleges the then 32-year-old Copperfield of kissing and touching her before she blacked out, The Wrap reports. The alleged assault took place in 1988.
Copperfield was previously accused of sexual assault back in 2007. The case was eventually dropped.
In his note, which was posted on social media prior to the allegations surfacing, Copperfield asked the public to "listen, and consider everything carefully but please for everyone’s sake don’t rush to judgment."
Read Copperfield's ...whatever this was meant to be, below.
"The #MeToo movement is crucial and long overdue. We all want people who feel they’ve been victims of sexual misconduct to be empowered, and as a rule we should listen, so more will feel comfortable coming forward. It’s important.
But imagine what it’s like, believing in the movement, and having also been falsely accused publicly in the past.
To have your life and your family’s life turned upside down. Three years and hundreds of stories reported on a false claim investigated by the FBI, where the end result was that the accuser was caught by law enforcement making the same false claim about another man. The proof was on tape. The accuser was arrested and charged.
I’ve lived with years of news reports about me being accused of fabricated, heinous acts, with few telling the story of the accuser getting arrested, and my innocence. Knowing that false accusers can negatively impact the believability of others and are a true disservice to those who have been victims of sexual misconduct, I didn’t draw attention to it.
So while I weather another storm, I want the movement to continue to flourish.
Always listen, and consider everything carefully, but please for everyone’s sake don’t rush to judgment."