Former NFL safety Darren Sharper allegedy drugged and raped several women across multiple states, according to new charges filed against him on Friday.
Sharper, 38, faces several criminal charges, including two counts of rape by use of drugs and four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, TMZ reports. The charges stem from an official investigation into accusations made by several women, each of whom claims that Sharper raped them.
A pair of the alleged encounters occurred last October in West Hollywood, the website reports. According to officials, Sharper met the two women in a nightclub and invited each of them to join him at another party.
The group relocated to Sharper’s hotel room, where the former Green Bay Packers safety gave each of them a shot, TMZ reports. At some point, officials believe that he gave each of the women a dose of zolpidem, a drug more commonly known as Ambien.
The drug allegedly knocked the women out for several hours. Upon awakening, one of the women claims that she realized Sharper was sexually assaulting her and “interrupted his actions.”
Law enforcement officials claim that Sharper duplicated his actions at the same West Hollywood nightclub in January with two additional women, TMZ reports. He has also been accused of rapes that allegedly occurred in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.
Sharper was initially arrested on Jan. 14 in connection with the rape allegations, the website reported. He was released on $200,000 bond.
Just days after that arrest, sources close to Sharper claimed that the NFL Network analyst is innocent of the charges. They added that he only knew the identity of one of his accusers and that, while they had engaged in a sexual encounter, the act was purely consensual. The sources also claimed that Sharper had never met the other accuser.
Police have requested that a judge set Sharper’s bail at $10 million, TMZ reports. If convicted of all charges, he faces more than 30 years in prison.