Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper arrested after new warrant on rape charges
Former National Football League star Darren Sharper, facing rape charges in Los Angeles and New Orleans, was in police custody Friday in California, officials said.
The 38-year-old was arrested Thursday evening and taken to Los Angeles’ Men’s Central Jail, where he was being held without bail, according to LA County jail records.
He surrendered to police at his attorney’s office, according to the LA Times.
Sharper was already facing charges in California of drugging and raping two women he met in a Los Angeles nightclub.
Then on Thursday police in New Orleans issued new arrest warrants, according to local media.
The Times-Picayune newspaper reported that Sharper and Erik Nunez, described by police as a 26-year-old acquaintance of the retired player, both face two counts of aggravated rape.
According to the newspaper, two women have said they were sexually assaulted in the same New Orleans apartment on the same night in September after a night of drinking.
Sharper’s New Orleans attorney, Nandi Campbell, declined comment on the New Orleans warrants.
Sharper, who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 but retired later that year after 14 NFL seasons, is awaiting an April hearing on the charges in Los Angeles.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges, which stemmed from claims he raped a woman he met at the Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood on October 30, and another victim he met at the same club in January, allegedly using the sleep medication zolpidem.
Prosecutors in California sought to have his bail increased to $10 million due to allegations that he “committed several offenses against multiple victims in numerous jurisdictions.”
Sharper is accused of similar crimes in Las Vegas, Nevada and Arizona, according to court documents filed in the California case.
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