An aspiring model who claims she was raped by magician David Copperfield on his private island in 2007 has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing a Bellevue police officer in a separate matter.
An aspiring model who claimed she was raped by magician David Copperfield on his private island in 2007 has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing a Bellevue police officer in a separate matter.
Lacey Carroll, who entered the plea Monday in Bellevue District Court, was ordered to pay a $953 fine and to complete 30 hours of community service before the end of the year. Carroll also must attend an alcohol-awareness class.
If she stays out of trouble, the charge will be dismissed and her record cleared, said Bellevue City Attorney Susan Irwin. The plea came after Bellevue prosecutors agreed to drop prostitution and false-statement charges against Carroll, 23.
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Irwin said the plea agreement was fair — Carroll has no prior criminal history — and it spared the city the cost of a trial. Moreover, the obstruction charge is a gross misdemeanor, which carries a more serious potential penalty than a charge of prostitution. Irwin said the obstruction charge stems from Carroll’s reluctance to cooperate with the police investigation.
“It means we can monitor her longer,” Irwin said.
Carroll’s attorney, Robert Flennaugh, said Carroll would have demanded a trial if the prostitution and false-statement charges had not been dismissed.
“She would have fought it, because she is not a prostitute or a liar,” he said. “Lacey is done with the courts. She just wants to put this behind her and get on with her life.”
Carroll’s arrest on prostitution and extortion charges — in January, after a night of drinking with a man she met in a bar — couldn’t have been more untimely. It came as federal prosecutors were looking into her rape allegations against Copperfield and just months after she sued him in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Federal prosecutors dropped their rape investigation after learning of the alleged prostitution case. They would not say there was a link between their decision not to charge Copperfield and the Bellevue investigation.
Carroll, the first runner-up in the 2010 Miss Washington USA pageant, dropped her lawsuit in April, claiming Copperfield was using his wealth to “relentlessly attack” her, her family and friends.
Carroll said she met Copperfield at a performance in Kennewick, and he invited her to Musha Cay, his $50 million, 150-acre private island in the Bahamas. Once there, she claims, she was isolated from the other guests and she alleged Copperfield sexually assaulted her.
Copperfield has disputed her claims, saying there were dozens of people on the island and that she could have left at any time.
In a statement prepared after consulting with their client, Copperfield attorneys Patty Eakes and Angelo Calfo on Tuesday said Carroll “admitted to lying to police about the rape because she had to. Her lies were caught on tape, so she plea-bargained her way out of a jail sentence.
“Her guilty plea shows that her claim that she was blacked out was nothing more than another Lacey Carroll hoax,” they said. “Now she’s a convicted liar; she’s a disgrace to women who have been truly victimized.”
Carroll was charged in the Bellevue case after a 31-year-old Mukilteo businessman claimed she accompanied him to a hotel room, where she allegedly told him, “put $2,000 in my purse and you can have it all.”
When he refused, the man said, Carroll left the room and went to the lobby, where he said he found her telling hotel staff that she had been “taken advantage of,” according to police reports. Worried that he was about to be extorted, the man called police.
Carroll also reported the incident, saying she woke up from an alcohol blackout to find herself undressed in the room with the man.
She told police at one point that she didn’t want to pursue the case because she was worried it might impact her lawsuit against Copperfield.
Mike Carter: 206-464-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Times news researcher Gene Balk contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.