This story is just a shocker to me, former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court Thursday in the alleged druggings and rapes of two women.
Miami Beach police are investigating Sharper after a woman, who said he sexually assaulted her in 2012, said she came forward because she wanted to “clear her conscience.”
Police opened the investigation into Sharper, 38, on Jan. 19, two days after he was arrested in Los Angeles and after the alleged victim learned of the charge. Sharper’s main residence is listed as a $2.9 million home on tony Williams Island.
Sharper, who had been free on bail, stood quietly in a gray pinstripe suit with a black shirt and no tie.
One of his defense attorneys, Blair Berk, said that Sharper was pleading not guilty. Berk has said that she is “hopeful that before the case is concluded that Mr. Sharper will be exonerated.”
Leonard Levine, another of Sharper’s attorneys, indicated his client would post his residence and his father’s residence for the $1 million bail.
Sharper also is under investigation in Arizona, Louisiana and Nevada in connection with a total of five alleged rape cases in those states, according to Los Angeles authorities.
Check this out, “he hangs out with them in clubs. Takes them back. It’s the same story,” Okun-Wiese told the court. “He gives them a shot. They black out.
“The next day they have no idea of what happened the previous night,” she said.
In the Los Angeles cases, Sharper is accused of using morphine and zolpidem — another name for the prescription sleep aid Ambien — on his two alleged victims, who said they blacked after Sharper served them a shot of alcohol, according to authorities.
Okun-Wiese said authorities took count of Sharper’s Ambien pills.
“I counted it up and Mr. Sharper has gone through 70 pills in 65 days,” the prosecutor said.