Oprah continues to tackle sensitive topics on her OWN show, The Next Chapter. Her latest interview is with none other than master illusionist David Copperfield, who opens up about the 2007 scandal that nearly ruined his career.
Fans will remember that, back then, a former beauty queen claimed she'd been held captive and assaulted repeatedly at Copperfield's mansion on his private island.
They will also remember that the star was investigated by the FBI, and had all charges against him dropped after a 2-year investigation.
For the first time since then, Copperfield is talking about that painful episode in his life and how much damage it did to his career and, more importantly, to his life.
“To be falsely accused of something that horrendous is a devastating thing for yourself, your friends, you family, really bad,” he says.
Video of this segment of the interview is below, embedded at the end of the article.
The second video is the trailer for the Oprah special.
While the allegations proved unfounded, Copperfield knows that, in the eyes of many, he might still be perceived as guilty because the media tends to “forget” to report on the sentence as well, focusing instead only on the initial charge, which is what sells more magazines.
“When the truth comes out – you know she was arrested, not me – finally things you know come to light. Unfortunately, in the press, what happens is...” the fiercely private star explains.
Oprah cuts in to say, “People remember the charge. They don’t remember the exoneration.”
“Not only exoneration, but I was the victim. Big difference,” David continues.
As of late, after countless reports that she'd been struggling with OWN, Oprah has been making a visible effort to get the best and most interesting celebrities to sit down with her for interviews for The Next Chapter.