Because of the recent UVA accusations and the Bill Cosby controversy, we thought today was a good day to count down the Top Five Falsely Accused Celebrities...

#5) Brian Banks

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This former Atlanta Falcons linebacker didn’t have an easy ride to the NFL. In 2002, when Banks was only 17 years old, one of his high school classmates came forward, saying that while they were in school together, Banks dragged her into a stairwell and raped her. Banks served five years in prison and another five on probation before he was able to meet up with the accuser, while he was secretly taped with a microphone – she admitted that she fabricated the rape story, and he got her confession on tape. Only in 2012 was Banks’ conviction overturned.

Before he was accused of rape, Banks had received a scholarship to go to the University of South Carolina for football. He had to miss the opportunity because he was sent to prison, but when he got out, he managed to make it to the NFL. Banks said of his hardships, “I feel like what I’ve been through these past 10 years shows that I have a determination factor of not giving up, of keeping hope in whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life that you can.”

#4) Warren Sapp

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A Hall of Famer and former NFL player who was a teammate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. After his retirement from the field, Sapp was chosen to work as an analyst for the NFL network. In 2010, however, Sapp was arrested for physically abusing a woman he was dating at the time. The incident allegedly happened at a hotel room they were staying at, without any witnesses. Due to his arrest, the NFL pulled him from covering the 2010 Superbowl XLIV.

Another woman that Sapp was spending a lot of time with around the incident, Persiana, tweeted, “A really close friend of mine was falsely accused of some serious BS and I’m sooooo upset right now! Omg! I will whoop a b**ch for him.” A little over a month later, the woman who claimed she was his victim dropped the charges completely. Sapp maintains that his accuser lied because she wanted alone time with him that night, and he asked her to leave the room so he could have a meeting.

#3) Tucker Carlson

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A political commentator who has worked for CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, as well as co-founding The Daily Caller. In the summer of 2001, however, he was worried that his successful career would go down the drain when a woman accused him of raping her. The woman, who has not been publicly named, filed criminal sex charges against Carlson for allegedly raping her in Kentucky. Carlson hadn’t even been to Kentucky much less ever met the woman.

Carlson passed a lie detector test to prove his innocence. It also turned out that the woman who was accusing him was mentally unstable and had been stalking him for a while, sending him tokens in the mail, like cards and key chains and signing them from “your biggest fan.”

#2) Keanu Reeves

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The Canadian actor who is best known for playing Neo in The Matrix series, was falsely accused of raping and impregnating one of his fans. The woman came forward to sue Reeves for child support. She said that in 2009, he dressed as her ex-husband and hypnotized her to get her in bed and impregnate her.

Reeves maintains that he never met the woman before in his life and told US Magazine, “I had to go to court. It was horrible. I didn’t do it. I’m not the dad.” Reeves also had to take a DNA test, which ultimately proved he did not father her child.

#1) David Copperfield

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The Famous Las Vegas Magician went through a two year investigation by the FBI when former Miss Washington runner up, Lacey Carroll, accused him of trapping her on his private island in the Bahamas and repeatedly sexually assaulting her. No evidence was ever found against Copperfield, and the charges were dropped after Carroll accused another man of something similar. Copperfield gave an interview to Oprah after the incident was finally over. He told her, “To be falsely accused of something that horrendous is a devastating thing for yourself, your friends, your family, really bad. 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…”

And Oprah cut in, “People remember the charge. They don’t remember the exoneration.”

Copperfield went on to say, “Not only exoneration, but I was the victim. Big difference.”