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02/04/2019 07:41 BST

David Blaine Under Investigation Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Two women have made complaints about the 45-year-old.

David Blaine is facing an investigation following sexual assault allegations, the New York Police Department has confirmed. 

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters on Monday night that police are looking into complaints made against the 45-year-old magician, but declined to discuss any details, including whether police had sought to interview him.

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David Blaine 

Shea was responding to a report by the Daily Beast website, which said the NYPD had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault.

Citing unnamed sources, the report said one of the alleged victims claims she was attacked by Blaine in his Manhattan apartment in 1998.

HuffPost UK has contacted Blaine’s representative for comment. 

The Daily Beast had previously reported that a former model alleged Blaine raped her in London in 2004, an allegation he denied.

Scotland Yard detectives later declined to take further action after investigating her claim, the website said.

Blaine is known for stunts like being buried underground for seven days without food or water in New York in 1999.

He also stayed in a plexiglass case suspended 30ft above the Thames River in London for more than 40 days in 2003.

According to his website, he is set to begin a tour of the UK and Ireland in June.

The NYPD said it “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”.