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Ex-Saints player charged with raping and drugging 2 women in California


LOS ANGELES, CA (WVUE) - Former Saints Player Darren Sharper is accused of raping and drugging two women in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney claims one of the alleged rapes happened in October when Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub. He invited them to another party, but Sharper allegedly took the women to his hotel room instead.

The D.A. claims he drugged them and raped one of the women.

Then, last month, Sharper is accused of a very similar scenario after once again meeting two women in the same West Hollywood nightclub. They ended up back at his hotel room, where the D.A. claims the women were drugged and one of them raped.

The controlled substances allegedly used were Ambien and Morphine.

Along with the two rape charges, Sharper is facing four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. All are felonies.

"An arrest is one thing, but now that they've charged him with these crimes, I would have to believe that they've done toxicology tests on these women and it was positive. He has a real problem," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.

Raspanti said because the former Saints player is also suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and in New Orleans, the California case could come into play if Sharper is prosecuted.

"For instance, you can bring in those things from California and say, look, not only is he alleged to be doing this there, he's alleged to be doing the same thing here," Raspanti said.

The attorney handling the local accusation against Sharper told FOX 8 last month that no criminal charges had been filed. She also said the alleged victim claimed to have a vague recollection of the night in question.

Sharper's next court date in Los Angeles is Feb. 20. Prosecutors are asking for a $10 million bond. In the paperwork for that request, the investigating officer said he believes Sharper is involved in seven acts of rape and 11 acts of furnishing a controlled substance in four states.

If convicted in Los Angeles, he faces more than 30 years in prison.

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