Did David Copperfield Make The Rape Charges Disappear?

Three years ago, Lacey Carroll accused David Copperfield of sexually assaulting her. She claimed that she met the magician after a show, and that he invited her to his private island in the Bahamas for a “modeling opportunity.” When she got there, however, she says Copperfield forced her to perform sexual acts and threatened her not to tell a soul. A two-year federal investigation followed, with the FBI searching Copperfield’s Las Vegas warehouse. After the investigation concluded, Carroll sued. Until yesterday, when she abruptly dropped the charges without explanation. Which has lots of people talking that Copperfield’s lawyers may have worked some magic on her.One thing that may have twisted Carroll’s arm: Last year, she was charged with reporting a false sexual assault against a man in Bellevue, Washington. Carroll claimed the man drugged her, took her to a nearby hotel, and raped her. But the man involved said she made up the incident after he refused to pay her for sex. Security camera footage showed the pair talking and kissing in the hotel lobby, and the testimony of an individual who spent time with the two earlier in the evening lead the police to determine Carroll’s claims were false. David Copperfield’s attorney, Angelo Calfo, argued that the same thing happened to Copperfield. He said to the press, “Carroll’s lawsuit was nothing but a pathetic attempt to extort Mr. Copperfield for money with malicious and false allegations.There was no settlement. Mr. Copperfield would not and did not pay Carroll a dime to drop her lawsuit.”

But another strain of rumors says that Calfo might be bluffing, and that money magically appearing in Carroll’s account might have led to her dropping the charges. Because if you have enough money for a private island, you have just about enough money for anything? [AP]

Who are you believing in this strange case?