Former pro football safety Darren Sharper is seeking independent mental evaluations of three women who accuse him in a lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting them in 2014.
Attorney Richard Schonfeld, on behalf of Sharper, filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 5 and Aug. 30, stating that the examinations are necessary to determine the true extent of the plaintiffs’ alleged psychological injuries. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 13.
Last Nov. 29, Judge Michael E. Pastor sentenced Sharper to 20 years in prison for his actions involving two women, including one of the three plaintiffs. The judge also ordered Sharper to register as a sex offender for life and to submit to HIV/AIDS testing.
The 41-year-old former NFL player — who will have to serve half of the 20-year term — was given credit for 2,017 days already served. His sentence is running concurrently with a roughly 18-year prison term he is already serving for similar crimes in Louisiana, along with prison sentences handed down in Nevada and Arizona.
The three plaintiffs sued Sharper in December 2015.
On Jan. 14, 2014, Sharper met two of the women at a West Hollywood nightclub and sexually assaulted them after giving them controlled substances, the suit states. The next night in Las Vegas, Sharper also drugged and sexually abused the third plaintiff, according to the lawsuit.
Two of the plaintiffs live in Hawaii and the third in Massachusetts. Sharper is offering to have the mental evaluations performed by psychologists of his choosing in the plaintiffs’ home states, according to his court papers.
In a related motion set to be heard Oct. 4, Sharper is asking that three separate trials take place involving each plaintiff, claiming that the evidence in each will be different.
A member of the league’s 2000s All-Decade Team and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, Sharper was suspended from his job as an analyst with NFL Network following his initial arrest.
Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers in 1997-2004, the Minnesota Vikings in 2005-2008 and the New Orleans Saints in 2009-2010. He was on the Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV in February 2010.
–City News Service