Today’s Lady News: Magician David Copperfield Accused Of Rape

  • A 22-year-old woman claims that magician David Copperfield raped her, sexually assaulted her repeatedly, and threatened her on his private island in Musha Cay, Bahamas in 2007. The alleged victim said one of his assistants brought her backstage at a magic show and she was then invited to Copperfield’s private island for work that might lead to “modeling opportunities.” She allegedly was then trapped in Musha Cay for two days with Copperfield while she was sexually assaulted and threatened with death unless she kept quiet. Copperfield’s lawyers say he is innocent and called the lawsuit extortion. [NY Post] — How long before a tabloid newspaper makes the obvious, “Can David Copperfield Make Those Rape Accusations Disappear?” joke?
  • Reality star (if you could even call her that) Kourtney Kardashian told People she considered an abortion when she found out she was pregnant, but decided to keep the baby after reading scary stuff on the web. “I looked online, and I was sitting in bed hysterically crying, reading these stories of people who felt so guilty from having an abortion,” she told People. “I was reading these things of how many people are traumatized by it afterwards.” [People] — That’s very helpful, Kourtney, thanks.
  • The number of women arrested for drunk driving jumped almost 30 percent from 1998 to 2007. According to the Department of Transportation, DUIs for women rose 28.8 percent during that time, while DUIs for men dropped 7.5 percent. Men are still arrested more often for drunk driving, though. [] — A woman from MADD suggested women are more stressed out from joining the workplace, but we think it’s possible that getting totally wasted is more acceptable for women nowadays.
  • Catholic University of America, in D.C., has clarified its student rules regarding sexual assault. Sex among students is allegedly verboten in CUA dorms. But previously, the school problematically grouped sexual assault in the same rules: “sexual expression that is inconsistent with the teaching and moral values of the Catholic church.” Thankfully, the new rules differentiate between consensual “sexual relationships” and non-consensual “sexual assault.” [The Sexist]
  • Politicians in the Bahamas debated, but eventually tabled, a proposed law to ban marital rape. Opponents doubted that a man could rape his own wife because when they are married, they both become one body. [The Bahama Journal] — Harrumph. Maybe they should talk to Joan Holloway about rape within relationships.