David Copperfield is opening up about the #MeToo movement, but he’s offering a different side of the story. In a lengthy statement released today, David expressed his unwavering support for victims coming forward about their stories of abuse, and he empathized with them wholeheartedly.
However, as someone who has suffered a false accusation before, he admitted that we, as a culture, should be cautious when throwing people to the wolves as soon as a “victim” comes forward with a narrative.
The famous illusionist wrote about how his life “turned upside down” when a woman claimed that he assaulted her. As time went on, after many news reports tarnishing his reputation, David was eventually exonerated due to recorded evidence.
Reportedly, a woman accused Copperfield of assault at his home in the Bahamas in 2007. Charges weren’t laid, but police allegedly arrested the woman at a later date for false claims.
Copperfield wrote on his social media account today that the #MeToo movement is crucial and “long overdue.” However, “imagine what it’s like, believing in the movement, and having also been falsely accused publicly in the past.”
The 61-year-old said it’s possible for false accusers to ruin the life of an innocent person. The illusionist added that false claims against the innocent destroy the movement for legitimate victims.
At the end of the statement, he said everyone should listen and consider every side of the story for “everyone’s sake” and don’t “rush to judgment.” David’s statement echoes the rapper, Too $hort, who recently stated he had been extorted for money using false narratives.
As you may know, Copperfield is referring to the outpouring of stories of victimization in the press as of late with the most prolific being that of Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar. Larry, today, was sentenced by a judge and jury to 175 years in prison.