Darren Sharper Charged with 2 Counts of Sexual Assault in Arizona

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA  FEBRUARY 20:  Former NFL safety Darren Sharper pleads not guilty to charges of allegedly drugging and raping a pair of women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, May 15


TMZ's Staff reports findings from legal documents filed by Darren Sharper's lawyer, Blair Berk:

1.  Berk says in the legal docs the Miami Beach P.D. has declined to file ANY criminal charges against Sharper and the investigation is closed.  Short story, the evidence just wasn't there.

2.  Berk says in the L.A. case ... the rape kits showed the 2 female accusers had sperm and DNA from men other than Sharper on their clothing.  Berk alleges the D.A. refuses to ante up the names or any other info about the mystery men.


Berk and Sharper will be in court Friday, asking a judge to order prosecutors to fork over all of the evidence that tends to show Sharper is innocent. 

For more details from the documents obtained by TMZ, click here.


Updates from Wednesday, March 19

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Arizona will not look to extradite Darren Sharper at this time:

Original Text:

The disturbing legal troubles for Darren Sharper continue to get worse as the former NFL player was charged for multiple counts of sexual assault and more by a grand jury in Tempe, Ariz.   

Danny Monteverde of The New Orleans Advocate provided the details of the recent indictment:

Moneteverde and John Simerman also provided the full account from the police document:

In a Tempe Police Department report, an Arizona woman described becoming disoriented and weak after downing 1½ vodka shots mixed by the former Saints safety at her apartment last November.

She described a friend, who had previously appeared sober, also drinking a shot provided by Sharper and then immediately sitting down on the couch and falling asleep. Sharper picked the friend up and laid her down on the couch. Later that night, the woman told police she saw Sharper naked and having sex with her friend, whom she believed was still unconscious.

This is the latest reported incident against Sharper, who has ongoing sexual assault investigations in Louisiana, California, Florida, Nevada and now Arizona. Anthony McCartney of the Associated Press reported that he was not immediately released from jail in Los Angeles due to the multiple cases. He also provided details of the cases:

In a bail motion filed last month, Los Angeles County Investigator John Maccharella described a pattern in which the former football star met women at clubs or parties and lured them to a hotel room, where they were allegedly drugged and raped.

The New Orleans warrant says police learned from witnesses that Sharper and associate Erik Nunez had acknowledged having nonconsensual sex with two women.

Sharper's lawyer, Leonard Levine, countered these arguments by saying, "All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company."

The 38-year-old former player pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles and was freed on a $1 million bail. However, authorities in New Orleans issued him a no-bail arrest, according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today.

Sharper played 14 years in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. The safety was selected to five Pro Bowls and was twice named first-team All-Pro. His career numbers include 651 combined tackles, 63 interceptions, 7.5 sacks and 65 pass deflections in 205 games.

Following his retirement in 2010, the former player worked as an analyst on the NFL Network, but has since been fired due to the recent allegations.    


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