New York police: Magician Blaine subject of sexual assault investigation

Magician and endurance artist David Blaine performs onstage during the Onward18 Conference - Day 2 on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Onward18)

NEW YORK — New York City police say they’re investigating sexual assault allegations against magician David Blaine.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea confirmed Monday at an unrelated news conference that Blaine is under investigation. He declined to discuss any details.

He was responding to a report by the Daily Beast website that the New York Police Department had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault.

The report said one of the allegations might fall outside the statute of limitations because it goes back to 1998.

The 45-year-old Blaine is known for stunts such as being buried underground for seven days without food or water.

He also stayed in a plexiglass case suspended 30 feet in the air for 40 days.

Phone and email messages requesting comment were sent to his lawyer on Monday.

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