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David Copperfield Investigated for Sexual Misconduct

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The FBI investigation of David Copperfield involves a sexual misconduct claim against the magician, a Las Vegas newspaper reported Friday.

Citing an unnamed source, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the FBI raid of Copperfield’s warehouse on Wednesday was “connected to an investigation of possible sexual misconduct by the illusionist.”

The source said the alleged incident occurred outside the U.S. but is within the FBI’s jurisdiction because the accuser is a U.S. citizen, according to the paper.

Copperfield’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, confirmed there is an investigation, but added, “If in fact those are the allegations, unfortunately false allegations are all too often made against famous individuals. But we are confident the investigation will conclude favorably.”

A Las Vegas warehouse operated by Copperfield was raided by 12 agents Wednesday night, TV station KLAS reported earlier. A computer hard drive, digital camera system, and nearly $2 million in cash were seized, the station reports.

“The only thing we’re confirming right now is that there was some investigative activity in the Las Vegas area yesterday connected with a Seattle-area case, both of which are pending,” said Robbie Burroughs, spokeswoman for the Seattle division of the FBI.

• Reporting by KEN LEE