David Copperfield Faces Numerous Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Following past allegations of sexual assault, magician David Copperfield is facing a flurry of new sexual misconduct claims.

Copperfield is the subject of an extensive investigation conducted by The Guardian’s U.S. edition, published Wednesday. The investigation examines the damning allegations of numerous women who claim the famed illusionist sexually assaulted them or behaved inappropriately during their interactions.

In total, 16 women have come forward and accused Copperfield of sexual abuse and lewd conduct, including grooming, groping, drugging and rape. Many of the women are identified in the investigation using pseudonyms to protect their identities.

Attorneys for Copperfield have denied the women’s allegations and said Copperfield has “never, ever acted inappropriately with anyone, let alone anyone underage.”

A representative for Copperfield said the allegations against the magician are “the exact opposite of who David is” in an emailed statement to USA TODAY.

“David has a record of risking his career to help protect women from powerful predators,” the statement read. “Most of these historic accusations have been made before, and all of them are as false now as they were then. David requested the ‘evidence’ upon which these false allegations claim to rely, and this has not been provided.

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