The New Your City Police are investigating Magician David Blaine over sexual-assault allegations made by two women.
The first woman to make charges against Blaine did so about a year ago. She told the police that she met Blaine through a friend in 1997 and went to his apartment where he hypnotized her and made her masturbate him.
The second woman contacted the police about a week ago and claimed Blaine hypnotized her and then raped her in her apartment in 1998.
According to the New York Post, during an unrelated news conference at police headquarters on Monday afternoon, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea confirmed that there’s an “active investigation” of Blaine underway.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill refused to comment about if Blaine had been interviewed by detectives.
Blaine has been charged with no crimes.
There was a third sexual-assault claim against Blaine in October 2017. Art dealer Natasha Prince told Scotland Yard detectives that Blaine anally raped her in London in 2004 when she was working as a model.
Law enforcement investigated and Blaine told them it was consensual and denied the claim. Scotland Yard later declined to take further action.
Following the incident, Prince told the the Daily Beast that she started going to therapy and “quit modeling very early,” as the alleged rape had made her so “insecure” that she feared she wouldn’t be able to get a job again.
“I didn’t get to be the 30-year-old model I had hoped to be,” she said. “After this happened, I didn’t want to go out, and I didn’t want to go to my castings.”