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COPPERFIELD FILES SUIT TO PROVE HIS ROMANCE IS NOT AN ILLUSION

David Copperfield told Paris Match magazine that he and Claudia Schiffer are a match made in heaven -- not at the bank.

Copperfield sued the French publication last week over a story that claimed the magician paid Ms. Schiffer, his fiancee, to pretend she is romantically involved with him.

"Mr. Copperfield and Ms. Schiffer met on the job, fell in love and plan to marry," says the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Superior Court. "They are not pretending anything to anyone."

Copperfield is seeking $30 million and punitive damages.

Christophe Laffaille, an editor at Paris Match, said he thinks Copperfield may have seen a bad translation.

"The article was printed a year ago, and he said nothing about it then," Laffaille said.

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