A former model has accused superstar magician David Blaine of drugging and raping her in 2004, as reported by Daily Beast.
Natasha Prince, who was 21 at the time, has claimed that the 44-year-old illusionist met her at a British nightclub and later invited her to a friend’s house, where the sexual assault is alleged to have occurred. She said that he offered her a vodka and soda which she now suspects was drugged.
“I decided to have that one drink that night. It wasn’t strong; it tasted mostly like soda,” she said, noting that she remembers little else after consuming the beverage.
“At some point, I was on the bed, face-forward, and he was behind me,” she said. “I think it woke me up a little bit, because I’d never had that [anal sex] done to me before. I remember moving around a lot. I was limp, and I was very floaty; I was in and out of a deep sleep.”
Prince also said that she has never been able to get the alleged assault out of her head.
“I think I tried really hard to block it out. But I carried this awful feeling with me,” she said.
The Scotland Yard has confirmed they are investigating the alleged assault.
“Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” the organization announced in a statement. “The allegation was reported to police on November 17, 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”
Blaine has denied these claims, according to USA Today. Attorney Marty Singer, who has also represented Bill Cosby and Charlie Sheen, released a statement on the matter.
“My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,” the statment read.
Blaine called the accusation “crazy” when he was approached by a reported from Daily Beast.
Prince quit modeling shortly after her meeting with Blaine, claiming the alleged assault created a newfound insecurity.
“After this happened, I didn’t want to go out, and I didn’t want to go to my castings. I wouldn’t get the job because now I was insecure,” she said.
Prince has also stated that she waited 13 years to report the incident because she thought it was her fault, saying she was “ashamed and worried.”
There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes in England and, as such, this is an ongoing investigation.
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