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- Former model Natasha Prince accused David Blaine raping her. She claims he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. She provided graphic details of the encounter to The Daily Beast. London police are investigating.
A former model has accused David Blaine of drugging and raping her in London 14 years ago.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, former Elle cover star Natasha Prince said the alleged incident took place in a Chelsea mansion in summer 2004, and that police were currently investigating the case.
According to Prince, the American magician invited her to his friend’s house for drinks after meeting her at a Knightsbridge club the night before.
At the house, she said Blaine offered her a vodka and soda, which “tasted mostly like soda,” and invited her into a bedroom. Here’s what followed, in Prince’s words:
“I told him right away when he texted me that I was working tomorrow. So I was thinking maybe we would have a sort of intimate conversation somewhere else for five or 10 minutes. But he spun around quite quickly and said, ‘Kiss me.’ I did kiss him. And then he said, ‘Finish your drink’ and took the glass from me and put it on the table, and that’s really the last thing I remember.
“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.
“When I woke up, I was very relaxed – very stoned. The lights were on, and I was naked. He was shirtless at the end of the bed. And when I looked at him, he said, ‘You have really nice t**s. … He was just folding clothes, walking around. He didn’t kiss me or anything.”
Prince was 21. A few weeks after the alleged incident, the model said Blaine called her, which made her “feel a bit bullied.”
Prince, who now works as an art dealer in New York, said she reported the alleged rape to London police in November 2016, and spoke with officers a month after.
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A London Metropolitan Police spokeswoman declined to name anyone involved in the case, but confirmed that officers from its Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command were investigating a rape allegation.
“The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21,” the Met said. “There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”
When asked about the allegations and investigation, Blaine told the Daily Beast: “Wow… there’s absolutely nothing… that’s crazy.”
Blaine’s attorney, Marty Singer, also said in a statement to the Daily Beast: “My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004. If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.”
Business Insider has also contacted Singer’s Los Angeles office for comment.
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Prince’s public testimony came as more women started to speak out about their sexual harassment experiences.
Over the past two weeks, dozens of women – including household names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Cara Delevigne – have accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
Model Penny Lancaster also said on Thursday that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by a fashion industry figure when she was a teenager.