The New York Police Department is investigating claims of sexual assault against magician David Blaine.
According to The Daily Beast, the NYC’s Special Victims Unit interviewed two women who claim Blaine sexually assaulted them. Police are looking into both accusations despite one alleged victim’s statement that might fall outside the statute of limitations. She claims he sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan apartment in 1998.
Chief Spokesman Phil Walzak said in a statement on Monday, “The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”
Blaine’s rep addressed the allegations on Tuesday, per the Associated Press. “David denies the accusations that have been reported and he takes these allegations seriously,” the statement read. “He intends to co-operate with any investigation.”
Blaine has yet to be charged. Just two years before the NYPD started their investigation, model Natasha Prince came forward with claims that Blaine raped her at her London home in 2004.
In an interview with the outlet at the time, she said Blaine made her a drink and forced her into a bedroom, “That’s really the last thing I remember,” Prince said. “At some point, I was on the bed, face-forward, and he was behind me. I think it woke me up a little bit, because I’d never had that [anal sex] done to me before. I remember moving around a lot. I was limp, and I was very floaty; I was in and out of a deep sleep.”
Scotland Yard detectives investigated Prince’s claims but never charged Blaine.