David Copperfield speaks out on #MeToo amid new sexual assault allegations

David Copperfield is speaking out on the #MeToo movement as he faces new sexual assault allegations.

The 61-year-old illusionist took to social media on Wednesday to praise #MeToo, a social movement fighting back against sexual assault and misconduct stemming from the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, as "crucial and long overdue," but he also cautioned against false accusations of sexual assault, recalling a 2007 allegation against him and alluding to a new one.

"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," he began his Twitter and Instagram statement. "But imagine what it's like, believing in the movement, and having also been falsely accused publicly in the past."

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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. ASW/CP
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 �Experience the Magic of Lionsgate�: A 2016 Sneak Peek and Special Advanced Screening of �Now You See Me 2� 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-W�rttemberg, Deutschland, Europa, get�nte Brille, Schlager-, Volksmusik-S�ger, 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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Copperfield then went on to detail what it was like to go through an allegation ordeal.

"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 the accuser was caught by law enforcement making the same false claim about another man," he wrote. "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," he continued. "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."

In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of having lured a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting her. The FBI investigated the claim for two years but ultimately dropped the case. His accuser, Lacey L. Carroll, was later charged in connection with an unrelated accusation against another man and ultimately pleaded guilty to obstruction. She briefly filed a civil suit against Copperfield, but dropped it a month later, People reported at the time.

"So while I weather another storm, I want the movement to continue to flourish," he concluded. "Always listen, and consider everything carefully, but please for everyone's sake, don't rush to judgment."

"Another storm" likely referred to a new allegation against him that came to light on Wednesday from an ex-model who told The Wrap that he had sexually assaulted her in 1988 when she was 17 years old. Copperfield has not released an additional statement directly addressing the latest allegation.

ET has reached out to Copperfield's reps for comment.

 

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