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Former NFL star Darren Sharper’s rape hearing postponed in California

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on April 15 just long enough to hear the judge announce that his scheduled rape hearing set for today has been postponed until the court hears back about the results of a future bail hearing the former ball player and sports analyst has coming up in Arizona in a totally separate rape case.

The former All-Pro safety should be back in court for that hearing in Los Angeles after a separate bail hearing on rape charges in Arizona is resolved.
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Fox Sports reminded us today that Sharper has been charged with drugging and then raping two women in his West Hollywood hotel room in 2013. Although Sharper has already pleaded not guilty to those charges, he’s being held in prison without bond.

Superior Court Judge Renee Korn, who was overseeing today’s hearing, told the courtroom that Sharper’s legal team will be hard at work tomorrow in Arizona trying to set bail for the accused “in a separate case alleging the former player sexually assaulted two women in Tempe.” The plan is for Sharper to appear in court on his rape charges first in California. Korn postponed Sharper’s Los Angeles rape hearing until April 17, at which time his bail issues in Arizona should be squared away.

Last month, CNN reported that the 38-year-old Sharper was fired from his job as a sports analyst with the NFL Network following rape charges that were filed against him in New Orleans, rape charges that were above and beyond the rape charges already filed against him in Arizona and California. The NFL Network terminated Sharper following an arrest warrant that was issued against him alleging that he raped two women in New Orleans.

Sharper and an alleged accomplice in the New Orleans’ rapes - 26-year-old Erik Nunez – were both charged with two counts each of aggravated rape in New Orleans. To date, Sharper has been connected to a total of seven drug-related rapes in four states, according to MSN.

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