The hearing occurred on the same day police in his home of Miami
Beach, Florida, released details on one of the probes against him.
Sharper, who played 14 years in the National Football League and won
a Super Bowl title in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints, is accused
by prosecutors of giving the prescription sleep medication zolpidem
to the women in Los Angeles, causing them to pass out.
In October, he met two women at a West Hollywood night club and
brought them back to a Los Angeles hotel room, where he gave a
drug-spiked drink to both of them and raped one, prosecutors said in
court papers. He did the same to another pair of women in January,
Sharper, 38, who became an on-air commentator for the NFL Network
after retiring from football, wore a dark gray pinstripe suit with
no tie in Los Angeles Superior Court. The NFL Network suspended him
without pay after his arrest in January.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection was released on bail of $1 million,
which the judge increased from $200,000. He declined to speak to
reporters when he was leaving the courthouse, as did his attorneys.
Prosecutors had wanted to raise the bail amount even higher, to $10
million, citing sex crime investigations against him in Louisiana,
Nevada, Arizona and his home state of Florida. Charges have not been
brought against Sharper in those states.
"He's a danger to the women in our community. He preys on women
between 20 and 23 years old. It's the same story in every single
case," Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese told
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Judge Renee Korn said the prosecution's request for such a high bail
"It appears there may be far more victims in this case," Korn said.
She did not specify if there might be more victims in the Los
Angeles area or other parts of the country.
Sharper's attorney had argued that prosecutors have not shared with
the defense team certain material from investigations in other
states, such as video recordings given by alleged victims.
Separately, police in Miami Beach, where Sharper lives, released a
report of their investigation into a woman's allegation that the
football star also raped her but prosecutors have not charged
A woman told investigators she was intoxicated when she went to
Sharper's condo in 2012 and fell asleep. When she woke up, she
realized Sharper was having sex with her and left, according to the
The woman reported the 2012 incident to Miami Beach police two days
after Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles on January 17, police
(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa
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