Ex-Saint Sharper hit with rape charges

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper faces rape charges dealing with multiple women

Former NFL safety and NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper was charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs in Los Angeles County on Friday, the county district attorney’s office announced.

According to the district attorney’s office, the 38-year-old Sharper is alleged to have drugged a pair of women in October and another two women in January. In both cases, Sharper is alleged to have given the women a shot after inviting them to his hotel room, the district attorney’s office said.

Sharper also faces four charges of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of a possession of a controlled substance, according to the district attorney’s office. According to the district attorney’s office, which cited the complaint, the controlled substances alleged to have been given were morphine and zolpidem.

Deputy district attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese will seek a $10 million bail for Sharper, whom the district attorney’s office says faces rape allegations in Arizona, Louisiana and Nevada. Sharper is to be arraigned on the charges on Friday morning.

Sharper was arrested by Los Angeles detectives on January 17. The NFL Network suspended him without pay the next day.

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