Brittney Lewis was a 17-year-old model with dreams of becoming the next Elle Macpherson when, she says, magician David Copperfield drugged and sexually assaulted her.
It happened in 1988, Lewis said, after she competed in a modeling contest in which Copperfield was a judge.
TheWrap spoke to Lewis’ best friend from high school, husband, ex-husband, and grandmother — her primary caretaker at the time — all of whom said Lewis told them decades ago about her accusations against Copperfield. A chiropractor said Lewis told her about the accusations three years ago, and Lewis said she reported them to the FBI in 2007. She said she is not seeking money from the magician or others.
Copperfield’s lawyer, publicist, and manager did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. But on Wednesday, Copperfield issued a statement on Twitter expressing support for the #MeToo movement while saying that he has been falsely accused in the past, and is about to “weather another storm.”
High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.
Matt Lauer was fired from 'Today' after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly included giving a co-worker a sex toy and dropping his pants in front of a female employee in his office.
Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."
Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'
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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.
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Director Woody Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. She says she experienced inappropriate behavior by her adoptive father on several occasions.
Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.
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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.
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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.
Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.
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Several women accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including groping and lewd phone calls.
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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.
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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.
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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.
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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.
Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.
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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.
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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.
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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'
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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.
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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there.
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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.
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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.
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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992.
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.
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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.
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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.
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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.
Chris Savino (right), creator of 'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.
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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.
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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.
Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.
Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.
Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.
Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went on a date with.
Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.
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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada, was accused of making repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex to a woman that once worked on his campaign.
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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.
David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.
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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.
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Actor Tom Sizemore was reportedly told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.
Steve Jurvetson left his own venture capital firm after allegations of sexual harassment
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A former model accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him 36 years ago.
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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.
A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.
Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.
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Multiple women accused producer Adam Fields of touching them inappropriately and sexually propositioning them.
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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.
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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was accused of crossing the line with employees, including unwanted hugs.
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Singer Nick Carter was accused of rape by a former member of the all-girl teen band Dream, Melissa Schuman.
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A singer accused billionaire Richard Branson of sexual assault during an event as his Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson says he has no recollection of the matter.
Talent agent Adam Venit is accused of grabbing actor Terry Crews' genitals.
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Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson former longtime bassist, was accused of rape by singer Jessicka Addams.
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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's editorial director was fired after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.
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Producer Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein's brother, has also been accused of sexual harassment.
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Jesse Lacey of the band, Brand New, was accused of sexual misconduct, including soliciting nude photos from a teen girl in the past.
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Senior Correspondent for E! News Ken Baker California was accused of sexual harassment by two women.
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American film director Oliver Stone was accused of groping model and actress Carrie Stevens in the 1990s.
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Reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after several women accused him of acting inappropriately when they were young journalists.
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Veteran radio host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following claim of improper behavior.
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CNN producer Teddy Davis was fired after multiple accusations of harassment.
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Producer Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following sexual assault and harassment accusations from two women.
Longtime conductor James Levine was suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after sexual abuse claims.
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Dylan Howard, editor in chief of the National Enquirer, was accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees, including forcing them to watch porn and openly discussing his sexual partners.
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in a lawsuit filed in December.
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Chef Mario Batali has been accused by multiple women of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades."
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PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley's show was suspended amid misconduct allegations made against him.
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was fired from his job as an ESPN contributor amid accusations of sexual harassment by a wardrobe stylist at the network.
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Sen. Jeff Klein (D-New York), was accused of forcibly kissing a former female staffer back in 2015.
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Ross Levinsohn, Los Angeles Times CEO and publisher, has reportedly been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and would rate the "hotness" of his female colleagues, according to a report by NPR.
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A woman accused magician David Copperfield of drugging, sexually assaulting her when she was teen model in the 80s, according to The Wrap.
James Franco was accused by several women of sexually inappropriate behavior. He was also criticized for wearing a "Time's Up" pin to the Golden Globes hours before the accusations against him surfaced.
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Barry Lubin, also known as Grandma the clown, resigned from Big Apple Circus after admitting to pressuring a 16-year-old girl into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.
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Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez was fired amid troubling off-field allegations. His former administrative assistant says Rodriguez inappropriately grabbed and touched her.
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President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of sexual assault by pro-Trump singer Joy Villa. She claims he hit her on the buttocks during an event at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of peple. The Wall Street Journal the casino mogul regularly pressured employees to perform sex acts.
Music exec and 'The Four' judge Charlie Walk was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith penned an open letter about Walk in January claiming he sent her lewd comment and cornered her in the bedroom he shared with his wife.
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Several women filed sexual harassment complaints against Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, according to the Washington Post.
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Actor Scott Baio, was accused of molesting is former 'Charles in Charge' co-star Nicole Eggert when she was a minor.
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“Always listen, and consider everything carefully,” he wrote. “But please, for everyone’s sake, don’t rush to judgment.”
Look of the Year
Lewis said she met Copperfield soon after arriving in Atami, Japan, site of the “Look of the Year” modeling contest held by Elite Model Management in September of 1988.
Lewis said that soon after the “Look of the Year” contest, when she retuned home to Utah, Copperfield invited her to one of his upcoming shows in California.
(Brittney Lewis modeling for an Italian magazine in the late ’80s)
Since Lewis was still a minor, Copperfield asked permission from her grandmother, Patricia Burton, Lewis and Burton told TheWrap.
Burton said she was apprehensive at first.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll take care of her,” Burton said. “I believed him. He was very charming.”
She said Copperfield promised that Lewis would be accompanied at all times and that she would be staying in a separate hotel room from his.
Lewis said she traveled to California. She believes the city was San Diego, but admits she isn’t certain after nearly three decades. TheWrap found newspaper reports of two Copperfield shows in San Diego in early December of 1988.
The trip started splendidly, she said: Copperfield, 32 at the time, took her shopping and introduced her to his team with great fanfare. She said she was flattered but made it clear she was not looking for anything romantic. When Copperfield tried to hold her hand at one point, she politely declined, telling him they were “just friends,” she said.
Burton said Lewis called her and said Copperfield used a pseudonym when checking them into the hotel: “Simon Templar,” a fictional character from the 1960s TV show “The Saint.“
“She said it was so exciting and they treated her so nice,” Burton said. “He pushed everyone out of the way when he escorted her.”
After the show, Lewis said, Copperfield invited her to a bar. She said she had barely touched her drink when she noticed him pouring something into her glass.
“I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’m just sharing,'” Lewis said.
She said she took a few sips after that and blacked out. The rest is hazy. She said she remembers bits and pieces of that night, mostly flashes of herself being carried out to a cab, and him inside her hotel room wearing a black robe with shoulder pads. She said she remembers him on top of her, kissing her, and his breath smelling bad. She said her room was connected to his by a door.
“I remember my clothes being taken off,” she said. “He was kissing my face and then I remember him starting to go down on my body with his face, and then, as soon as he started going down, I just completely blacked out.”
The next morning, she said, she woke up feeling sick and nauseated. Copperfield came in through the connecting door shortly after, she said.
“He wanted to me know that nothing happened because I was underage,” she said. “He said: ‘I didn’t enter you.'”
“There was no fluid but he could have had a condom,” she added.
Even thought she hadn’t planned to go home for a couple of days, she said Copperfield suggested it was “best” if she went back that day. Lewis said she was relieved.
Her grandmother said she knew immediately that “something was wrong” when she called to say she would be home early.
She said that before she left, Copperfield made her write a letter saying she was okay.
“My therapist later told me that he made me write a contract to keep me quiet,” she said.
(Salt Lake City Tribune article on Brittney Lewis right before her trip to Japan, August 1988)
She got a call from one of Copperfield’s assistants a few months later, she said, informing her that Copperfield was going to be in Utah for a performance and asking whether she’d like tickets to his show. She said she told the assistant she didn’t want to ever see Copperfield again.
‘Falsely Accused Publicly in the Past’
In 2007, former beauty queen Lacey Carroll accused Copperfield of sexually assaulting her after whisking her to his $50 million private island in the Bahamas.
Carroll was later charged with prostitution and making false sexual assault accusations against another man, in Washington state. In that case, she pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing a police officer in 2010 and was ordered to pay a $953 fine, complete 30 hours of community service and attend an alcohol-awareness class.
After the investigation closed, Copperfield told Oprah Winfrey during an interview: “I was the victim.”
“To be falsely accused of something horrendous is devastating for yourself, your friends, your family, really bad,” he told Winfrey. “I’m working on forgiveness.”
Copperfield elaborated in his statement Wednesday, saying he had been “falsely accused publicly in the past”:
"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."
Lewis said she contacted the FBI soon after seeing reports of the investigation around 2007 in the hopes that her story could help other women. She said an agent took her statement for more than an hour.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment. Lewis and TheWrap filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for a copy of Lewis’ statement, but has not heard back.
TheWrap also talked to a chiropractor who treated Lewis, Dr. Kaisa Coppola. Coppola, who spoke to TheWrap at Lewis’ request, said she began treating Lewis in June of 2014 for lower back pain and digestive issues, but said it soon became evident that Lewis’ medical issues were “absolutely related” to her encounter with Copperfield.
“As a doctor I can tell you that pain has created ripples of health effects,” Coppola said. “When you are taken advantage of at such a young age, it’s going to produce a hormonal reaction that is then going to have continued effects. it’s going to create a trauma reaction which will then trigger post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Even talking about it the other day, she had a full-blown panic attack,” Coppola told TheWrap.
Magician David Copperfield through the years
Magician David Copperfield through the years
Magician David Copperfield arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Illusionist David Copperfield arrives for the 16th annual Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love Gala" and 70th birthday celebration for Muhammad Ali at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 2012. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BOXING)
Magician David Copperfield (R) introduces Taylor Swift at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
Famous U.S. illusionist David Copperfield listens to a journalist's question during a news conference in Sofia, October 3, 2005. Copperfield will perform in the Bulgarian capital on Monday, as part of his European tour. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
US ILLUSIONIST DAVID COPPERFIELD AND TV HOST THOMAS GOTTSCHALK LOCK A TAPE DURING TV SHOW WETTEN DASS IN GOETTINGEN.
US illusionist David Copperfield (L) and TV host Thomas Gottschalk lock a tape with Copperfield's prediction of the German 'Lotto' lottery result of October 13, 2001 during the television show 'Bet It... !?' ('Wetten Dass.....!?) in Goettingen February 17, 2001. ' Wetten Dass...!?' is Europe's most successful game show.
Illusionist David Copperfield stands with his assistants in front of a giant rotary saw, from his act, that he is donating to the "Planet Hollywood" restauraunt in Leicester Square, November 2
Magician David Copperfield from the U.S. is surrounded by fans after a
news conference to promote his upcoming shows in the southern Chinese
city of Guangzhou July 10, 2001. Copperfield will perform five shows in
Guangzhou starting from Wednesday.
Italian designer Valentino poses with German top model Claudia Schiffer and American magician David Copperfield (R) during a party following his Autumn/Winter 1995 ready-to-wear show March 20
Magician David Copperfield (R) performs for actress Elizabeth Taylor during the taping of a television special February 16 in Hollywood honoring Taylor's life and career, titled "Happy Birthday Elizabeth-A Celebration of Life." The special will be broadcast on ABC television on February 24. Taylor, who is scheduled to undergo brain surgery for a benign tumor in the near future, will celebrate her 65th birthday on February 27.
A violonist welcomes Germany's top model Claudia Schiffer and her fianc? David Copperfield of USA as they arrive for a dinner on the eve of the World Music Award ceremony in Monte Carlo May 3rd
American illusionist David Copperfield and his assistants acknowledge the crowd after a performance in Frankfurt's Festhalle, May 26. The show was sold out and 10,000 spectators watched the event
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Magician David Copperfield (L) and TV personality Nancy O'Dell speak onstage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Polk/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: David Copperfield at MARINA 70 at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on December 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: David Copperfield attends the 2016 Billboard Women in Music Awards at Pier 36 on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Illusionist David Copperfield attends 'Now You See Me 2' World Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: (L-R) Illusionist David Copperfield, actor Jesse Eisenberg, director Jon M. Chu and actor Dave Franco attend CinemaCon 2016 ï¿½Experience the Magic of Lionsgateï¿½: A 2016 Sneak Peek and Special Advanced Screening of ï¿½Now You See Me 2ï¿½ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Morales and David Copperfield appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Morales and David Copperfield appear at a taping on NBC News' 'Today' show, which will air on 3/25/13 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (center) David Copperfield appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) David Copperfield, Matt Lauer and Penn Jillette appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
American illusionists and entertainers Penn Jillette (L) and Teller (R) pose with magician David Copperfield while being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 05, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
David Copperfield during David Copperfield practices new stunt at Pier 94 in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
David Copperfield poses for a photo with members of the New York Fire Department during rehearsals for 'David Copperfield: Tornado Of Fire', which will air live in 74 countries on Tuesday, April 3 on CBS. 3/30/01 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
David Copperfield & Girlfriend during Super Bowl XXXV - Saturday Night at the Ricky Martin Concert at Mac Dill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Heino, David Copperfield, Stuttgard, Baden-Wï¿½rttemberg, Deutschland, Europa, getï¿½nte Brille, Schlager-, Volksmusik-Sï¿½ger, Magier, LG/PH, 26.09.1994; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Premiere of David Copperfield's Show In Rotterdam, Netherlands On September 03, 1994 - With Claudia Schiffer. (Photo by Marc DEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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Statute of Limitations
Lewis said she has no plans to pursue a criminal or civil suit against Copperfield, but even if she wanted to the statute of limitations would prevent her, said a legal expert.
Steve Cron, a Santa Monica criminal defense attorney and law professor at Pepperdine University who is not involved with the situation, told TheWrap: “In cases where a minor was assaulted sexually, the statute of limitations extends to one year from the moment it was first reported.”
He said Lewis’ year to report began when she spoke to the FBI in 2007.
TheWrap reached out to Copperfield’s attorney, manager, and publicist on Tuesday with detailed questions about Lewis’ account, and has yet to hear any response. But Wednesday afternoon, Copperfield tweeted the following: