'Ladies of Magic' star faces assault charge

A 21-year-old woman who had a magic show at the Riviera this year was arrested and accused of assaulting her 67-year-old boyfriend last week.

Rachel Jessee, who starred in "Scarlett and her Seductive Ladies of Magic," was arrested Friday by Henderson police on one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

Her arrest report states that she and her live-in boyfriend, John Lewis, had an argument at their Henderson home. Lewis told police she grabbed him by the ear and struck him with a fist in his right eye.

Police said Lewis was bleeding behind his ears and had a scratch on the back of his neck.

He also had swelling under his right eye, a bite mark on his left tricep and scratches on his chest. He refused medical assistance.

Jessee told police the two had been arguing over details of their relationship.

The couple moved to the Las Vegas Valley from Reno to open "Scarlett -- Princess of Magic" in August 2008 as an afternoon show at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

The self-produced, rent-the-room arrangement lasted until March. In August, they signed a similar agreement with the Riviera to refashion the show into a topless revue for a late slot at the Riviera. The show closed at the end of its first 90-day contract period.

When the Riviera show closed in late September, Lewis said he had signed with a new management company that planned to invest in a bigger-budget show for 2010.

Lewis said in earlier interviews that he was a Harley-Davidson dealer who retired to Reno and was trying to make a second career of his fascination with magic when he hired Jessee as his assistant.

"I taught her a few things, and she just caught on so fast, I thought, 'Why am I doing this?' " he said earlier this year. "We should really be pushing someone who has ongoing talent and has the youth to do it."

Police noted in Jessee's arrest report that she was "secured in double-locked and properly fitting handcuffs" before being transported to the Henderson Detention Center.