SEATTLE, March 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal judge has lifted a stay that has held up the lawsuit a Washington state model filed against illusionist David Copperfield.
Lacey Carroll, 23, is suing the magician she claims sexually assaulted her on his private Caribbean island in 2007.
A criminal investigation into Carroll's allegations ended this year with no charges filed.
The Seattle Times said U.S. District Judge John Coughenour set a May 2011 trial date for the civil lawsuit Carroll filed against Copperfield.
Before doing so, Coughenour lifted a stay that prevented the civil trial from going forward until the criminal investigation was completed, the Times said.
Copperfield has always denied Carroll's allegations.
Carroll was arrested in January in a separate case and has since pleaded innocent to charges of prostitution and lying to police, the newspaper noted.