American magician David Copperfield has been sued in Los Angeles by two companies that allege the entertainer pulled out shows in Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf and seek 2.2 million dollars in damages, according to court sources Wednesday.
Viva Art International Ltd., a Los Angeles-based company, and Maz Concerts Inc. of Ontario, Canada, both professional promoters, filed suit Tuesday against Copperfield in a court here, alleging breach of contract and other causes of action.
The two companies allege that Copperfield, who is under sexual misconduct allegations in a separate case, did not go ahead with the promised performances because of the ongoing criminal investigation.
The magician did not want to make public appearances after the allegations surfaced against him because he would have had to face questions from overseas news outlets, they contend.
Copperfield has been under investigation since mid-October, when a woman who was in his audience claimed he flew her to the Bahamas and raped her. He has denied the woman's claim.
According to the suit, the companies entered a contract with Copperfield in September for 38 live performances in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok in October and November, and 10 performances in the United Arab Emirates.
The companies previously promoted about 200 live performances by Copperfield in Europe, bringing about a sense of trust on the part of both sides, it said.
The firms agreed to pay Copperfield's company nearly 4.4 million dollars to cover his costs, and as of October 10, they had paid 2.2 million dollars to him, according to the court papers.