February 16, 2014
At least seven women in four different states have accused former NFL football player Darren Sharper of drugging and sexually assaulting them, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles on Friday.
At least three other women and one man reported being drugged, according to records. Three of the alleged sexual assaults occurred on two consecutive nights in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Sharper on Friday with two counts of rape and five other drug charges in connection with two incidents in October and January. He has not been charged in cases in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz.
Sharper, 38, made a brief court appearance Friday morning, but did not enter a plea as his arraignment was pushed to Feb. 20. He was ordered to surrender his passport, to stay in Los Angeles and to avoid the West Hollywood club Bootsy Bellows. He remained free on $200,000 bail.
“We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded,” Blair Berk, one of Sharper’s attorneys, said outside the courtroom on Friday.
Court documents allege a disturbing pattern in the incidents, which occurred between Sept. 22 and Jan. 15.
Victims reported meeting the five-time Pro Bowl player — usually at a nightclub — then going back to his hotel room or home.
Sharper allegedly offered the women shots to drink, after which they reported immediately blacking out. Many of the women woke up with little or no memory of what happened after the drinks, but felt as though they had been sexually assaulted.
The first case mentioned in court documents occurred Sept. 22, when the alleged victim met Sharper at an event for the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans police said the woman reported drinking a beverage provided by Sharper.
Her next memory was several hours later, waking up “to Defendant Sharper on top of her sexually assaulting her.” She was examined at a hospital the next day and Sharper’s DNA was found, court records said.
Sharper’s attorney in New Orleans, Nandi F. Campbell, said police and the district attorney’s office declined to file charges in the case because of a lack of evidence.
“No evidence suggests or implies that a sexual assault occurred,” Campbell said in a news release.
[Updated at 5:15 p.m. PST, Feb. 14: A spokesman for the Orleans Parish district attorney’s office said the investigation into Sharper remains open and is ongoing.]
On Oct. 30, Sharper allegedly met two women at the Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood. As the club was closing, Sharper invited the women to an afterparty but said he needed to stop at his hotel to “pick up something,” according to court documents.
The girls told authorities that Sharper gave them what he described as a shot of “coffee Petron.”
“Within minutes of consuming the beverage, both girls reported to have, ‘blacked out,'” according to the court declaration of L.A. police Det. John Macchiarella.
Several hours later, one of the women woke up naked while Sharper was assaulting her, Macchiarella said. The other woman, walked into the room, “interrupting his actions.”
The women told authorities they immediately left the hotel, and went home to sleep.
About a month later, on Nov. 20, Sharper allegedly went to a nightclub in Scottsdale, Ariz., with two women. After drinking, one of the women, identified as Jane Doe D, “began acting strangely,” prompting her friends to take her home, court documents said.