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Did I see that right? What is going on anyone know?
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I'm sure DC is just thrilled about this. No restricted areas for the Feds.

And, as predicted, any mentions at the official DC board had their own vanishing act.
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More at http://www.itricks.com ,

TMZ.com reports that the FBI is investigating David Copperfield and searched his Las Vegas warehouse Wednesday night. Agents seized “a computer hard drive, a digital camera system and nearly $2 million in cash.” Copperfield’s lawyer said the following to TMZ…

“We understand there is an investigation, we are in touch with the investigators, and are respecting the confidentiality of the investigation.”

According to TMZ, the seizures allegedly stem from an investigation in Seattle. Copperfield is scheduled to begin a tour of the Pacific on the 23rd of this month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

More on this as it becomes available.
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Another article..... I wonder what they were looking for?

Feds Target Copperfield's House of Tricks
Natalie Finn, eonline
12 hours ago
David Copperfield may not have been able to believe his eyes, but that really was the FBI combing through his Las Vegas warehouse.
A dozen agents from Seattle carted away a computer hard drive, a memory chip from a digital camera and close to $2 million in cash during a late-night raid Wednesday on the famed magician's Sin City storage space, KLAS-TV reports.
An FBI spokesperson said that out-of-state agents get involved when tips originate in their area, meaning the warehouse was in some way connected to an investigation that originated in Washington???although what the investigation concerns is now anyone's guess.
After the raid, Copperfield's attorney issued a statement confirming that the search took place.
"We understand there is an investigation, [we] are in touch with the investigators, and are respecting the confidentiality of the investigation," lawyer David Chesnoff said.
The FBI's Las Vegas office also told KLAS that agents had made a stop at one of Copperfield's frequent performance spots, the MGM-Grand on the Vegas Strip, where the illusionist is scheduled to appear for a two-week engagement at the Hollywood Theater starting Nov. 15.
Once again, the government agency wouldn't go into detail about what authorities were looking for at the hotel, or how it factored into the investigation, but it would confirm that the MGM itself was not the target.
Meanwhile, still remaining in Copperfield's two-story treasure trove is a heady, 80,000-piece??mix of collectibles and perception-deceiving devices.
The 51-year-old entertainer, who, according to Forbes, banked $57 million in 2005, keeps, among other things, a stash of vintage sports cars, gadgets, quirky stuff like gargoyle heads and an old electric chair, 15,000 magic books, Houdini memorabilia, posters, playbills, centuries-old documents, and various trick apparatuses in the warehouse he has dubbed the International Museum & Library of the Conjuring Arts.
Access to the collection is usually only granted to scholars looking to research and write about the illusionary world, but no disappearances, transferences, levitations, cutting-in-halves or other unexplainable phenomena were reported to have taken place during the raid.
According to Copperfield's Website, he performs more than 500 shows a year all over the world (not all at once???nobody's that good). Before heading back to the MGM-Grand, he'll be bringing his Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Then, after Vegas, it's off to the United Arab Emirates
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Fox News reports this is a case of possible sexual misconduct.
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Man I am sorry I posted this. I thought I misread, or it was a publicity thing.

Hey lets speculate as much as we can so we can ruin the guy!

Sorry for starting this. There are lots of other thread filled with inuendo.
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http://www.postchronicle.com/news/origin......76.shtml

Taken from the above link:
Rape Probe - Illusionist David Copperfield is currently being investigated by police, and now we know why - a woman claims to have been raped by David Copperfield in the Bahamas.
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OK...OK...

Let's put a positive slant on this:

1) While $2,000,000 in cash is pocket change for David - it still must hurt. I think he was reported several years ago to be making $26 million per year. That is only $13 million post tax dollars)

2) Taking his computer and camera flash card(s) is part of normal investigations.

My main concern is that they can't seem to find David.

I wonder if he is safe on his private island in the carribean if it is a part of a country ???? (He owns it ?)

Regardless, I do wish him my best....I have known him since I was a kid since I grew up in New York and he was a Jersey-ite. I would be VERY surprised if it was rape....remember the LaCross Players who were falsely accused of rape !

Maybe the $2 million dollars was a blackmail shakedown.

Time will tell !
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Can't find him? He performed two shows in Vegas after this story broke and is headed for a gig in Jakarta.
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Fox News just reported that it is a rape claim against him which happened in the Bahama's.

According to David's attorney he knew nothing of the rape allegation and stated if that is the case it is completely false.
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I will put my money on david.
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On 2007-10-19 10:55, Dannydoyle wrote:
Man I am sorry I posted this. I thought I misread, or it was a publicity thing.

Hey lets speculate as much as we can so we can ruin the guy!

Sorry for starting this. There are lots of other thread filled with inuendo.


Danny, if you didn't I would have. And yes, speculation in this is bad. Let's hope it's a false charge situation and he's cleared.
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Ok lets just say this. Why would anyone take money into custody for a rape case?

And the very idea that it takes 13 mil pre tax dollars is just nuts. But ok.
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David is no Kobe.

I agree with Jay.
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Since when does the FBI investigate crimes commited in other countries?
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The ALLEDGED crime was ALLEDGEDLY comittied in the Bahamas but it is a US citizen charging another US citizen which is why the Fed's got involved. The camera and computer was taken to see if there is evidence of the 2 together in any files. I cannot even guess, however, why they would seize cash unless there is some obscure law that allows Fed's to seize extremely large amounts until it is accounted for behind the scope of the investigation.

If I had 2 million I would bet it on Copperfield being the victim in this case.

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So crimes committed on foreign soil can be tried in United States' courts?
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First off, the pluralization of Feds does not contain an apostrophe.

A commentator on Fox News yesterday was scratching his head over why the Feds are involved and he said it might make sense if there was an arrangement in the U.S. to settle with the accuser (i.e. "hush money"), which could prompt obstruction of justice charges. That would also explain why $2M was seized, but fresher news reports say the Feds are denying the money was taken as evidence.
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Ok how is it "hush money" if it was never paid.

GOD this is pointless and really out of hand now!
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Rumor has it that they were his entire stock of flash bills. A fire hazard.
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