Sexual Assault Charges Against David Copperfield Dropped
Former Miss Washington USA pageant runner-up Lacey Carroll has dropped her sexual assault charges against David Copperfield.
She withdrew her lawsuit against David Copperfield alleging he sexually assaulted her on his private island.
Lacey Carroll, model and waitress dropped her federal suit against the magician. The FBI and prosecutors have spent several years investigating the allegations, according to the Associated Press.
The dismissal comes two days before Carroll was scheduled to be deposed by Copperfield's attorneys.
Carroll claims she met Copperfield at a show in Kennewick, Wash and was invited to visit him on his private island. The lawsuit alleged the trip was set up potentially to lead to modeling gigs and doing promotional brochures for Copperfield. Instead, he attacked and sexually assaulted her, according to the suit.
She filed her civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking damages from Copperfield last July.
Sexual assault generally refers to any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. These crimes can range from sexual groping or assault/battery, to attempted rape.
After an investigation which lasted more than two years, the FBI and federal prosecutors closed the case against Copperfield without filing criminal charges and without explaining the decision.
Currently, Carroll is also involved in another case and charged with making a false sexual assault claim against another man in Bellevue.
Carroll reported she was sexually assaulted by a man who was a customer at the restaurant where she was employed. She told police she may have been drugged by the man and woke up in a hotel room to find the man on top of her.
She has pleaded not guilty to charges of prostitution and filing a false police report.
- Lacey Carroll Drops Lawsuit Against David Copperfield (Seattle Weekly)
- Kirkland woman drops rape lawsuit against Copperfield (Seattle Times)
- Sexual Assault (FindLaw)