Darren Sharper says he has video proving innocence in New Orleans sexual assault case
Darren Sharper is being investigated for three different alleged sexual assaults. Two of them allegedly took place in hotel rooms in Los Angeles, and the other allegedly took place in New Orleans. Sharper’s team says they have video proof that suggests the sex between Sharper and the woman in New Orleans was consensual.
The woman in the New Orleans case filed a police report in September saying she had consumed large quantities of alcohol and had sex with Sharper against her will. But Sharper’s lawyer says they have surveillance footage that confirms witness accounts that say the woman willingly followed Sharper around throughout the evening.
The video has been turned over to investigators, and Sharper’s lawyer told TMZ Sports that they believe the video suggests no sexual assault occurred.
Sharper has not been charged in Louisiana, and his lawyers say that’s because investigators do not believe there is a good case against him.
Nola.com has more details about the allegations. The woman told police she met Sharper at a bar and that he took her back to his place, where they had sex, which she says was not consensual.
Both LAPD and NOPD have classified the cases as the type that could occur when an alleged victim is unable to consent.
We can’t speak to this individual case, though we don’t think a video showing that a woman was following him around means that no sexual assault occurred. Also, if three separate people have made sexual assault claims against Sharper in the past few months, it certainly is a troubling sign.