On Wednesday, former model Brittney Lewis came forward with allegations that illusionist David Copperfield drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1988. She was 17 at the time.
Here’s what we know about Brittney Lewis and her allegations:
1. The Alleged Incident Occurred After One of Copperfield’s Shows in 1988
Lewis claims that in 1988, Copperfield drugged and assaulted 17-year-old Lewis. He was 32 at the time.
Lewis tells The Wrap she met Copperfield after he judged her in a modeling content in Atami, Japan in 1988. She says that not long after returning home to Utah, Copperfield extended an invitation to attend one of his shows in California. Copperfield reportedly asked permission from Lewis’ primary caretaker, her grandmother Patricia Burton, who said ok.
Burton tells the outlet, “He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll take care of her… I believed him. He was very charming.”
Lewis says that Copperfield treated her well for most of the event. He introduced her to his team “with great fanfare.” Lewis says he did, at one point, try to hold her hand, but she told him they were “just friends.”
2. Lewis Claims Copperfield Poured Something into Her Drink
After the performance, Lewis tells The Wrap Copperfield invited her to a bar where she noticed him pouring something into her drink. “I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’m just sharing,’” Lewis said.
Lewis claims she blacked out not long after. “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.”
3. Copperfield Is Married and Has One Child
Copperfield has been with his current wife, Chloe Gosselin, since 2006. Together, the couple has one daughter, Sky.
According to a 2014 article in E!, the family splits their time between Las Vegas, New York, and “their own Caribbean hideaway known as Copperfield Bay.”
In an interview with E!, Gosselin said that Copperfield often shows him her tricks, but she’s not easy on him. “I’m a pretty tough audience,” Gosselin admits. “So he will come to me, show me the tricks.”
On January 7, Gosselin took to Twitter with a photo of herself that read, “Time’s Up”.
4. Lewis’ Husband, Grandmother, Ex-Husband, and Friend Claim She Told Them Deccades Ago About Her Alleged Experience with Copperfield
The Wrap writes that they spoke to Lewis’ best friend from high school, husband, ex-husband, and grandmother, “all of whom said Lewis told them decades ago about her accusations against Copperfield.”
According to the outlet, a chiropractor also said Lewis informed her of the accusations three years ago.
5. Copperfield Recently Posted About What It’s like to Be ‘Falsely Accused’