NFL Star Darren Sharper Held Without Bail After Surrendering To Police On New Rape Charges
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former NFL safety Darren Sharper was being held without bail Friday after surrendering to police on a warrant for rape charges issued out of Louisiana.
New Orleans police allege Sharper sexually assaulted two women there in 2013, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The former NFL star is also a suspect in a two local rape cases.
Prior to surrendering Thursday night, Sharper was free on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women he met in at Bootsy Bellows, a West Hollywood nightclub.
The alleged incidents took place in October 2013 and January of this year, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.
The 38-year-old, who was initially arrested on Jan. 17, is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.
Prosecutors allege Sharper met two women at Bootsy Bellows on Oct. 30, 2013, and invited them to another party.
On the way, the trio stopped at his hotel room, where Sharper allegedly gave each woman a shot.
“Each woman passed out. Jane Doe #1 allegedly woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her,” officials said. “The second woman allegedly awoke and ‘interrupted his actions,’ the motion states.”
On Jan. 14, he again met two different women at the same WeHo club and a similar situation later occurred at his hotel, according to prosecutors.
He is also suspected of raping women in Arizona and Nevada, officials said.
Sharper was working for the Culver City-based NFL Network and has been suspended without pay.
If convicted, he faces more than 30 years in prison.
Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team.