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Posted: Saturday, 25 January 2014 7:39AM

Sharper attorney responds to assault claim



After New Orleans Police released the incident report Friday about an alleged sexual assault involving former Saint safety Darren Sharper, his attorney released a statement.

Nandi Campbell said Friday afternoon that "No criminal charges have been filed against Darren Sharper based upon a September report alleging a sexual assault. The New Orleans Police Department has thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence, or lack thereof, in the case."

"The complainant stated that she consumed a large amount of alcohol on the night of September 23, 2013, and that she went to multiple bars on her own before ever encountering Sharper. She later claimed to have a vague recollection of the night and morning events. Of course vague recollection is often times consistent with consuming large amounts of alcohol," said Campbell.

The NOPD incident location is listed as 701 Tchoupitoulas Street, with the date and time of the alleged rape listed as: September, 23 at 10 a.m. The report states that the victim reported it to police the next day, September, 24 at 6:30 am. Published reports showed Sharper at a football camp in Slidell on the 24.

On the night in question, according to Campbell, "There were numerous witnesses who observed the complainant on her own and also observed her after encountering Sharper. Certain witnesses observed Sharper mingling with various patrons and observed the complainant follow him willingly throughout the evening. Various surveillance footage shows the complainant's actions and behaviors on the date in question and have been turned over to New Orleans Police Department detectives. No evidence suggests or implies that a sexual assault occurred. The totality of the witnesses' statements and the physical evidence support the police department and district attorney’s decision not to file criminal charges at this time."

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