Within hours, former model Brittney Lewis came forward to accuse Copperfield of sexual assault.

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He said: "The #Me Too movement is crucial and long overdue.

We all want people who feel they've been victims of sexual misconduct to be empowered, and as a rule, we should listen, so more will feel comfortable coming forward.

Newspaper cuttings show that in September 1996 Copperfield, 61, was in Hamilton, Ontario, for his Dreams & Nightmares show.

She said the alleged attack began with him groping her backside and progressed as they performed a grafitti trick.

“I have decided to tell my story because I am absolutely disgusted to read that he actually dares to be part of the movement.” City of London Police confirmed they received her complaint.

Copperfield’s spokeswoman did not comment before The Sun went to press.

As she was only 17 at the time, Copperfield asked her grandmother Patricia Burton, for permission to travel to the show, Ms Lewis told website. After the show Ms Lewis alleged that she witnessed the magician pour something into her drink while the two were at the bar. ’ And he said, ‘Oh, I’m just sharing'." She added: “I remember my clothes being taken off.

He was kissing my face and then I remember him starting to go down my body with his face, and then, as soon as he started going down, I just completely blacked out.” Ms Lewis claimed she woke up the next morning and Copperfield said “nothing happened” because she “was underage”.

It's important." He added: "But imagine what it's like, believing in the movement, and having also been falsely accused publicly in the past." He appeared to be referring to accusations made in 2007 by former beauty queen Lacey Carroll, accused Copperfield of imprisoning and assaulting her at his Bahamas home.

But although the claims were investigated, no charges were brought against him.

Mr Kenner, whose company Backstage Employment and Referral Inc is also a defendant in the case, denied the suggestion.