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David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations made against him by women and will cooperate with authorities, his publicist has said.
New York police confirmed on Monday that Blaine is under investigation following a Daily Beast report that the department had taken statements from two female accusers.
Accusations - Allegations - Tuesday - Statement - Blaine
'David denies the accusations that have been reported and he takes these allegations seriously,' a Tuesday statement from Blaine's publicist, Jill Fritzo, said. 'He intends to cooperate with any investigation.'
Blaine - who turns 46 on Thursday - had previously refused to comment on the allegations stating that he had not been contacted by the NYPD as the reason.
Chief - Detectives - Dermot - Shea - News
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, speaking at an unrelated news conference, had declined to discuss any details about Blaine's case and wouldn't say whether police had sought to interview him.
One accuser is reported to have filed a claim a year ago and another only last week.
Police - Sources - New - York - Post
Police sources told the New York Post that one of the illusionist's accusers told law enforcement that in 1997, he hypnotized her into performing a sex act on him at his apartment.
Citing unnamed sources, the report said one of the alleged victims claims she was attacked by him in his Manhattan apartment in 1998, which may fall outside the statute of limitations.
Assault - Offenses - New - York - Time
A few sexual assault offenses in New York carry no time limit for criminal prosecution, like rape in the first degree, but some, like forcible touching and rape in the third degree, must be prosecuted within 2-5 years from the time of the...
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