LOS ANGELES, CA (WVUE) - Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women, one in October and the other last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.
Los Angeles Deputy DA Stacy Okun-Wiese said Sharper 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.
The complaint alleges the controlled substances were zolpidem, also known as the sleep aid Ambien, and morphine.
Okun-Wiese will ask a judge to raise his bail to $10 million because Sharper, who lives in Miami, Fla., is suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and New Orleans. Sharper has been out of jail on $200,000 bond since his arrest in January. His arraignment has been continued to February 20. As of Friday, February 14, he remains out on bond.
In a motion filed Friday to increase his bail, prosecutors said Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013, and invited them to another party.
On the way, Sharper allegedly told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick something up and invited both women inside. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a shot of alcohol. Each woman passed out. Victim one allegedly woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her.
The second woman allegedly awoke and "interrupted his actions," the motion states. The two women then left the hotel.
On Jan. 14, Sharper met two separate women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and invited them to a party. Stopping at his hotel, he allegedly invited both up to his room, and also offered them a shot of alcohol. Each passed out, according to a court document.
His attorney has denied the allegations in the past. He was not available for comment at the time this story was published.
Sharper played in the NFL from 1997-2010. He was a key player in bringing New Orleans its first Super Bowl during the 2009 season.
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